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Syriac Church: 122 manuscripts from Mossul

122 Syriac and Garshuni manuscripts from the library of Mar Toma Syrian Catholic Church in Mosul have been digitalized and published online.

11/09/2014 | Eastern Christians

The Islamic State Explained to my Son

Islam, violence, holy war and the caliphate: a conversation in three voices to answer the most frequent questions that the news of recent months has provoked in a pressing way. A dialogue with Martino Diez and Michele Brignone, by Maria Laura Conte.

10/09/2014 | Marialaura Conte, Martino Diez, Michele Brignone | Religions and the public sphere

Emergency: Refugees in Iraq

AVSI Foundation is launching a fundraising campaign in support of Iraqi refugees, mostly Christians, who have found refuge in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, following clashes between the Islamic state and Kurdish militias in the north-east Iraq.

05/09/2014 | Arab Revolutions

Generative, therefore Free

If it is hard to provide an unequivocal explanation for the protests that have been agitating the world’s squares for a few years now (and those in Southern Europe and North Africa, in particular), it may at least be said that they have two elements in common. On the one hand, technology, which is helping to determine ...

03/09/2014 | Mauro Magatti | Religions and the public sphere

The Voice of the Prophets

Institutions in Crisis. While sclerotic political structures are collapsing under the onslaughts of democratic movements, leaving room for violence’s contagion, prophetic authority is once more being pondered as a source of inspiration for a new form of politics to guard against the risk that the State may arrogate to itself rights that it does not have.

03/09/2014 | Benoît Chantre | Religions and the public sphere

Used for power and then discarded

Egypt. The youth movements in the streets in 2011, whether made up of Copts, the Leftists or the Muslim Brothers, have been defeated by the continuation of the old rules of the game. After so many failed protests, they are working today on the creation of new forms of organisation to ‘protect the revolution’.

03/09/2014 | Georges Fahmi | Arab Revolutions

The unprecedented alliance of Taksim Square

Turkey. The center-periphery relationship no longer holds as a key by which to understand the current development of politics. The protesters of Gezi Park, with urban secular people and devout believers side by side, brought onto the stage the idea of a post-secular society, amidst seeds of innovation and examples of practical resistance.

03/09/2014 | Ateş Altınordu | Religions and the public sphere

If Europe Forgets Itself: the Root of the Crisis

Being generative. To reconstruct institutions, it is urgently important that we become aware of the original core of Europe in which, indeed, are kept the anthropological premises of our democracies. Work on the social body and commitment to education can start afresh from here.

03/09/2014 | Sergio Belardinelli | Religions and the public sphere

Beyond the Tangles of Civil Society

Religions and the public space. In Africa, the Churches have played an active role in the political world in the promotion of democracy and human rights, at times supporting governments and at others challenging them, according to changing alliances which have been remodelled on the basis of national and international contexts.

03/09/2014 | Michael Jennings | Religions and the public sphere

The Price of Imperial Hubris

Iraq. The American project, aggravated by local responsibilities, has had devastating effects: it created a link between jihadism and secular anti-Western movements; it injected an ethnic-religious sectarianism that has lacerated the socio-political fabric of the country; and it strengthened Washington’s rivals in the region.

03/09/2014 | Riccardo Redaelli | Arab Revolutions

The Return of the Jihad after the Spring

A disputed revolution. Challenged by the Arab insurrections, Jihadist ideologues have tried to appropriate the anti-authoritarian movements to deviate them in an Islamist direction. The timid openings to post-revolutionary and democratic projects have not lasted and the original ideas have mostly been confirmed.

03/09/2014 | Joas Wagemakers | Arab Revolutions

How many competitors for a caliphate without frontiers

Salafism and violence. The ideal of an Islamic State divides the Jihadist movement in Syria. On the one hand, there are those who do not hesitate to use any kind of violence, even against Muslims, in order to establish such a State as soon as possible; on the other, there are those who believe that winning popular support is a priority.

02/09/2014 | Cole Bunzel | Arab Revolutions

Appeal to the Shiites: Integrated not Hegemonic

Creative jurisprudence. In his Testaments Muhammad Mahdi Shamseddine produced a general vision of Islam that is characterised by clemency and moderation. And he called on the Muslim faithful to belong to the world in order to contribute to the construction of a civil state that would defend the complex components of society.

02/09/2014 | Ibrahim Mohammad Mahdi Shamseddine | The Peoples of Islam

Does the One God Legitimate Violence?

The Gospel of Peace. Despite the efforts of a part of the Western intelligentsia to present the monotheistic religions as intrinsically violent, Christianity’s novelty has paved the way for a purification that is also calling to the other great religions.

02/09/2014 | Pierangelo Sequeri | Religions and the public sphere

Four Steps to Become a People

02/09/2014 | H.H. Pope Francis | Magisterium

Not Another Church, but a Church that is Other

Real reform in the Church requires four essential conditions: intelligence of the real always nourished by charity: the rooting in community of the whole body which possesses a truth that is always greater than personal truth; patience with delays; a return to the principles of tradition.

02/09/2014 | Yves Congar | Christian Classics

‘God Brings about What He Intends’

Is the West dominant? Yes: but because it has drawn upon Islam. Did Muslims ‘close the doors of science in their faces’? Yes: but because they abandoned true Islam. This is the interpretation of history of the founder of modern reformism which is still widely subscribed to today.

02/09/2014 | Muhammad 'Abduh | Arabo-Islamic Classics

Although Imperfect and Fragmented the Union Raises the Stakes

Between ‘inside’ Euroscepticisms and ‘outside’ Euroenthusiasm, Europe has experienced in many of its streets seasons of protest. But for Martin Schulz, the President of the Parliament in Strasbourg, even though it does not always know how to provide answers to the requests of its citizens, the European project still offers the only viable pathway that can be followed.

02/09/2014 | Religions and the public sphere

Trapped in its Past but Resilient, Sarajevo is Alive

Almost twenty years on from a bloody civil war, Bosnia Herzegovina went through a turbulent phase at the beginning of 2014: its people shouted “Enough is enough!” at a system of government that proved corrupt and self-serving instead of committed to meeting the real needs of the country. A country that is asking for a future, above all.

02/09/2014 | Marialaura Conte | Religions and the public sphere

A Discreet Invitation to enter the ‘Secret Garden’

André Miquel, one of the greatest experts on the classical period of Islamic civilization, pores with extraordinary passion over the masterpieces of Arabic literature and helps us understand its relationship with its historical context, with religion and with those radical questions that trouble men of every era. Including our own.

02/09/2014 | Martino Diez | Arabo-Islamic Classics
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