Shaul Gabbay is a Senior Scholar at the Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. He specializes in the Muslim World and appeared in hundreds of court cases serving as an Expert Witness.


Over the last three years violence against Christians in North East Africa (e.g, Egypt) and West Africa (e.g., Nigeria) has intensified to unprecedented levels where hundreds of Christian churches were destroyed and thousands of Christians have lost their lives. The effect of this violence increased the interest of Christians from both regions to seek Asylum in the United States. Their immigration court claims are based on Extreme Hardship and Convention against Torture (CAT) Refugee Immigration relief. This paper delineates the persecution of Christians in these two regions and its manifestation in court proceedings in Asylum cases to the United States from a Forensic Sociology perspective.