The Dongola Times

(Anachronistic) Dispatches from the Kingdom of Makuria.
24th of August, 2014

We Are All Nasara

I have just updated the new blog design at (a.k.a. A central feature of this new design is a creepy background image, which is the Arabic letter “nun”, in a circle.

Earlier this year, Islamic State militants in Mosul went around marking the homes of Christians with this letter. It is the Arabic-language equivalent of the letter “N”. They used it to mark the homes of all “Nasara” (which is the Qur’anic term for “Christian”). In fact, this very image is taken directly from a photograph of one of the homes they marked, and touched up slightly to fit the theme.

This is not just the experience of Christians in Mosul; it is the experience of Christians in general. We are all “Nasara”; we are all targetted.