Keep it halal and get married

Religions and the public sphere

The Call to Sexual Jihad

Sexual Jihad is promoted, with some success, by websites and social networks as an opportunity for women to offer themselves as brides to temporary fighters in Syria and Iraq. Some fatwas support it but others condemn it. A summary of how the Arab media presents it.

Chiara Pellegrino
Sherif Younis

Religions and the public sphere

Islamic Fundamentalism and the Tyranny of the State

There is a link between the growth of renewalist or fundamentalist thought and the political situation of a country. Where there is freedom in public space, fundamentalism is more successfully countered. But where dictatorship prevails, even if hostile to the Islamists, fundamentalism prospers.

Sherif Younis
Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia ‘Abd al-‘Azîz Âl al-Shaykh

Arab Revolutions

‘A Satanic Shoot’: the Islamic State in the View of the ulama

The Islamic State does not allow Egypt to be, which is already very troubled. The debate created within Islam that has been witnessed by the Egyptian press and reported by the mass media on the legitimacy or otherwise of the Islamic State is a reflection of this. In particular, Al-Yawm al-Sâbi‘, an important independent newspaper, has offered a systematic collection of declarations by various...

Chiara Pellegrino
Islâm Yakan

Arab Revolutions

From Apolitical Affluent Young Man to Jihadist: Story of a Transformation

Islâm Yakan is an example of how the attitude of a young man from a comfortable background can change from one of indifference to politics to active involvement with the Jihadists in Syria. A human event reconstructed by a newspaper from descriptions provided by neighbours and friends and gossip.

Jihad al-Dinari
Islamic State map

Arab Revolutions

The Chimera of the Islamic State

The condemnation of ISIS by the variegated galaxy of fundamentalists might be the occasion to call into question the ideal itself of the Islamic state, painful but necessary for those thinkers who pursue the idea of diversity for modern Islam.

Martino Diez
Kurds escaping from Iraq

Arab Revolutions

The Caliph and his Converging Enemies

What is the origin of the IS and what does it aim at ? An expert in the ethics of war identifies the origin and main political consequences of the caliphate: the position of China, the strange unprecedented convergence between Saudi and Shi’ites in front of a common enemy, the new role of the Kurds.

Henri Hude



Christianity in the contemporary Middle East The life and death of a tradition?

Conference hosted by the Las Casas Institute, Blackfriars Hall, Oxford, in association with the Centre for Eastern Christianity and the Centre for Christianity and Interreligious Dialogue, Heythrop College. Participants: Martin Ganeri, O.P, Vice Regent; Anthony O’Mahony, Heythrop College; Herman Teule, University of Louvain; Dr Mariz Tadros, University of Sussex; Dr Hratch Tchilingirian,...

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The Journal


Year 10 N.19 June 2014

Regenerating Institutions. Beyond Protest and Against Violence



Understanding the Eastern Christians in Order to Save the Middle East

From compassion to comprehension. At the time of the Islamic State, to speak about the Christians of the East in these terms could appear to be inconvenient. But such is not the case. Not only because this book by Bernard Heyberger, the director of studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) of Paris, came out in 2013, that is to say before the unleashing of the terrible...

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