Category - islam

  • 8 Jun 2011

    Concerns about young people have made the news this week. There are fears of "sexualisation" and "radicalisation". Both words imply that young people cannot make choices themselves, but only passively accept what is imposed on them. And they distract attention from the policies of a government which is set to wreck the opportunities of countless young people.

  • 8 Jun 2011

    Islam is part of a modern, changing Germany and necessary to develop a vibrant society, President Christian Wulff has said at a church gathering.

  • 18 May 2011

    In his speeches at the demonstrations of the citizens’ protest movement in the Kurdish Region of northeastern Iraq, Mullah Kamaran has called for a revolution without violence—a jihad. He has urged the armed militias to put down their guns. He appealed to the demonstrators to see the soldiers as their brothers and not throw rocks or hurt them, and has twice been arrested for his stand. Peggy Gish of Christian Peacemaker Teams reports.

  • 3 May 2011

    In the months leading up to the killing of Osama bin Laden, a survey of Muslim publics around the world found little support for the al-Qaida leader.

  • 15 Apr 2011

    Brent Borough Council has denied discriminating against Christians. Critics of the claim of discrimination say that it does not stand up under scrutiny.

  • 13 Apr 2011

    The first steps in a legal challenge to the French ban on face coverings have already been taken. Twelve Muslim women were arrested outside Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday, apparently for an unauthorised protest rather than for wearing the niqab - ten of the twelve were not wearing it.

  • 16 Mar 2011

    Peter Tatchell has withdrawn support for East London Gay Pride after reports that some of the organisers have links to the far-right English Defence League (EDL).

  • 7 Mar 2011

    Religion changes and mutates. Some of these religious mutations can be positively harmful in a changing Middle East. But other religious innovations can help religion accommodate itself to modernity, says Ahmad Sadri. It doesn’t matter whether a society has or does not have religion per se. What is important is what kind of religion or irreligion pervades in that society.

  • 24 Feb 2011

    Religious state and non-state authorities have entered into a discussion about the legitimacy of political resistance, says Malika Zeghal. Al-Azhar, through the presence of some of its members in Tahrir Square, has shown its relevance to the recent political mobilization and has asserted its role in shaping a narrative of hope against tyranny.

  • 5 Feb 2011

    Millions took to the streets in Egypt yesterday, with scenes of violence giving way to the sight of people praying and Muslims joining arms with Christians.