Salma Eissa is the ACLED-Religion Research Manager. Salma has an M.A. in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, London. She has 10 years of experience in the Egyptian civil society and research and academia sectors, and has a keen interest in political analysis and trends and patterns of political violence in the MENA region. She is fluent in Arabic and English, and is based in Cairo, Egypt.

ACLED-Religion Overview
31 July-10 September 2021

Last month in the Middle East and North Africa, religious repression was reported across the region, mainly driven by religious celebrations, morality enforcement, and the prevention of religious practice. In Bahrain, authorities cracked down on Shiite religious practice during the Islamic lunar month of Muharram which commenced on 10 August — a period with many Shiite holy days and commemorations, including the holiest day in the Shiite calendar, Ashura, on 20 August.…

ACLED-Religion Overview
17-23 July 2021

Last week in the Middle East and North Africa, religious repression related to Eid Al Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) constituted the bulk of events. In East Jerusalem, clashes between Muslim worshippers and Israeli police were prompted by the co-occurance of Tisha B’Av — a Jewish day of mourning that marks the destruction of the First and Second Temples — and Eid Al Adha in the same week.…