Religious freedom

Pakistan: the Law that Legalizes the Persecution of Christians

The Pakistani law on blasphemy allows for “the indiscriminate persecution of Christians and other minorities,” Juan Carlos Pallardel told Oasis. Pallardel is a Peruvian Jesuit in charge of the dialogue with Islam and other religions in Lahore, Punjab, where more than 90 percent of the country’s Christians reside. “This affects our everyday lives, we have to think carefully about what we do and...

Claudio Fontana
Mgr George Bugeja

Christians in the Muslim world

Pentecost Friday

“Libya is not a closed chapter for the Church, we live in a difficult time alongside the country,” says bishop of Tripoli, George Bugeja

Rolla Scolari

Religions and the public sphere

Al-Sisi, Human Rights and the West

The Egyptian president affirms that his country is a "young democracy" in which fundamental liberties can wait. An analyst highlights the passiveness of the West. Meanwhile, Pope Francis asks what has become of the historic mission of Europe

Michele Brignone

The Peoples of Islam

Muqtada al-Sadr: from Warlord to Populist Leader

During the war in Iraq, his troops were among the most ruthless opponents to the U.S. army and they contributed to the exacerbation of sectarian tensions. Today, the Shiite cleric has reinvented himself as the leader of protests demanding an end to corruption and reforms

Andrea Plebani, Chiara Lovotti

Religions and the public sphere

The “J’Accuse” of a Saudi Journalist

Nadine al-Budayr has written articles and spoken out against the rule of religious men in the Muslim world. She has been heavily criticized and today is at the center of controversy. Here is why

Nadine al-Budayr

Jihadism and violence

Syria, Libya, Iraq: Armed Groups and Power

The collapse or the weakening of Middle Eastern regimes led to the emergence of different ideological, ethnic and sectarian forces increasingly represented by paramilitary movements

Giovanni Parigi



Secularization Models between Islam and Christianity

E-book presentation: Troppa religione o troppo poca? Cristiani e musulmani alla prova della secolarizzazione

The Journal


Year 11 no. 22 December 2015

The Cross and the Black Flag

Book reviews


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