Category - islam

  • 3 Feb 2011

    Western stereotypes frequently cast Muslims as either "good" (quietist) or "bad" political, with Sufis wholly identified with the former camp, says Omid Safi. This dichotomy ignores a third group of Muslims: Those who, whether mystically inclined or not, want to neither destroy the world nor acquiesce to the wishes of the Empire, but rather seek to redeem the world by speaking truth to power.

  • 1 Feb 2011

    AltMuslim, a very stimulating US/UK website that offers global perspectives on Muslim life, politics and culture, has been reflecting on some of the lessons of the largely unarmed revolution in Tunisia last month (January 2011).

  • 28 Jan 2011

    The world’s Muslim population is expected to increase by about 35% in the next 20 years, says a new, comprehensive report from the Pew Research Center.

  • 24 Dec 2010

    In an interview with ENInews, the president of the National Secular Society says the government is "burying it head in the sand" over fundamentalist Islam.

  • 23 Nov 2010

    The Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, has suspended ("withdrawn from public ministry" in church speak) the Bishop of Willesden, Pete Broadbent, over remarks he made on Facebook about the engagement of Kate Middleton and William Windsor. Whatever view you or I take of the monarchy, the Church of England or the opinions of Pete Broadbent, this news raises some worrying questions.

  • 9 Nov 2010

    The University of Notre Dame in the USA is inaugurating a major cross-cultural research project on 'contending modernities', religious and secular.

  • 9 Nov 2010

    The Vatican's Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue and the Islamic Culture and Relations Organisation of Tehran are meeting from 9 to 11 November.

  • 26 Oct 2010

    High-ranking Muslim and Christian leaders, scholars and interfaith practitioners will gather from 1-4 November 2010 for an international consultation.

  • 13 Sep 2010

    While many of us have been holidaying, hate-mongering employing religion and ideology for its purposes, has been all the rage, says Martin Marty. Here he deconstructs evangelist Franklin Graham's recent pronouncements on Muslim genetics, competition for souls, Islam as killer, and scriptures.

  • 9 Sep 2010

    The Anglican Bishop of Chichester, the Rt Rev John Hind, says that a US church's threat to burn the Qur'an reminds him of Nazi book-burning.