The overused andem majority-minority is not enough to understand the dramatic situation of Christianity today in the Middle East. We have to go back to the turning point that took place between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries: the European nationalist logic spread to the Ottoman empire and opened up the road to new political movements.Paolo Maggiolini
Statement from the representatives of Islamic Theological Studies in Germany on the current political situation in the Middle East, issued on the occasion of the International Congress „Horizons of Islamic Theology“ at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main.
Young girls turned into human bombs to perpetrate cowardly murders, whole villages wiped out: Boko Haram action continues to devastate many parts of the vast country of Nigeria, rich in natural resources but divided by tensions, and hoping to find a new stability in the upcoming elections. An interview with H.E. Mgr. Kukah, Bishop of Sokoto, NigeriaFrancesca Miglio
Last October, the self-proclaimed Islamic State published a detailed list of the prices for enslaved prisoners, and regulations on how to treat them. And this practice has been condemned by many Arab countries and institutions like the Observatory on the Takfirist Fatwas founded by the Egyptian Mufti.Chiara Pellegrino
"Peace to you all who are in Christ!" (1 Peter 5:14) This biblical salutation opens our Pastoral Letter, prepared in the See of the Apostle, James the Less, the first Bishop of Jerusalem, which brings us double joy. This year is dedicated to Consecrated Life, which coincides with the canonization of the two daughters of the Holy Land: Blessed Marie-Alphonsine Ghattas from Jerusalem, foundress...Fouad Twal
In a rare and extended interview with the newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm, Ahmed el-Tayeb, Grand Imam of al-Azhar, explains the position of this great Egyptian institution in respect of al-Sisi's invitation to promote a more enlightened perspective within Islam. In particular, he addresses the issue of violent deviation by certain elements who claim to be Muslims, and of the actual role of al-Azhar within the Muslim community.Michele Brignone
The Oasis International Foundation, in co-operation with the Cariplo Foundation, presents a public event, which will take place after the workshop of the research team on Religions, media and communication, within the project Knowing hybridization, governing change, under the title: The Tablet and the Crescent: Islam and the West Facing the Media Thursday April 14th, 6 pm at San Fedele...
Regenerating Institutions. Beyond Protest and Against Violence
With the recent deaths of Mahmûd ‘Azab, ‘Âbed al-Jabrî, Nasr Abû Zayd and Mohammed Arkoun some of the most vivacious minds of contemporary Islamic thought have disappeared in a very short space of time. In the case of the last on this list, we have at least the possibility of reading a sort of biography written by his daughter, Sylvie. The title, in the plural, also refers to the affective and...