• February 24, 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.

  • February 5, 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.

  • February 3, 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.

  • February 1, 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).

  • January 28, 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.

  • December 24, 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.

  • November 23, 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    The Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, has suspended ("withdrawn from public ministry" in church speak) the Bishop of Willesden, Pete Broadbent, over remarks he made on Facebook about the engagement of Kate Middleton and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.

  • November 9, 2010

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

  • November 9, 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.

  • October 26, 2010

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