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«Along the path to holiness»

The pastoral letter by Msgr Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, on the occasion of the Canonization of Blessed Marie-Alphonsine (1847-1927) and Blessed Mary of Jesus Crucified (1846-1878)

23/03/2015 | Fouad Twal | Christians in the Muslim world

Egypt Crushed between the Jihadists of the Sinai and of Libya

State forces and non-state forces threaten the country’s frontiers and the Sinai region. This is an unprecedented fact in the history of the country. The government is inclined towards a ‘security’ solution prior to a political solution which, indeed, is increasingly remote. But even the severest measures cannot deal with the threat of Isis and the role of the Muslim Brotherhood continues to provoke alarm.

18/03/2015 | Tewfik Aclimandos | Arab Revolutions

A Retrieval of the Meaning of History: an Opportunity for Islam

In a recent speech in Mecca, the Grand Imam of al-Azhar reopened the debate within the Muslim world about the takfîr, the declaration of unbelief. To resolve the problem, however, a radical reorganisation of the educational system (and not only of the religious one) is needed and, at a deeper level, a retrieval of the value of the meaning of history.

18/03/2015 | Martino Diez | Religions and the public sphere

Pope Francis to the bishops of Nigeria: be peacemakers!

Pope Francis has sent a letter to the bishops of Nigeria, assuring its closeness to the Christians and the Muslims who daily suffer at the hands of those who abuse religion to make of it an ideology.

18/03/2015 | Pope Francis | Magisterium

Growing fears for the safety of Syrians

Milad, a seventeen-year-old, has been martyred, dozens of families have been abducted, and the list could on. The barbaric grip of Isis on the Khabour villages, in Northeastern Syria, is unforgiving. The cry of help of the local Church.

04/03/2015 | Aid to the Church in need | Christians in the Muslim world

The Forgotten Genocide of the Syriac Christians

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.

04/03/2015 | Paolo Maggiolini | Christians in the Muslim world

For an Islam free from violence

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.

04/03/2015 | Religions and the public sphere

Nigeria: the most innocent, the most vulnerable

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, Nigeria

04/03/2015 | Francesca Miglio | Christians in the Muslim world

The prices of the Isis slaves and the condemnation of the Egyptian institutions

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.

04/03/2015 | Chiara Pellegrino | Religions and the public sphere

Oasis in Sarajevo: Photo Gallery

10/02/2015 | Mestizaje of civilisations
Cardinal Vinko Puljić

The Catholic Church in Bosnia-Herzegovina

The speech of greetings of the Metropolitan Archbishop of Vrhbosna-Sarajevo, Cardinal Vinko Puljić, at the meeting of the scientific committee of Oasis.

10/02/2015 | Cardinal Vinko Puljić | Christians in the Muslim world
Mgrs. Mato Zovkić

Bosnia: a Country on Europe’s Periphery that has Something to Teach us. With the Help of the Pope.

With the announcement of his visit to Sarajevo, Pope Francis has confirmed that he pays attention to places marked by the coexistence of different cultures, faiths and confessions. Oasis spoke about this with Msgr. Mato Zovkić, who for many years was responsible for ecumenical and inter-religious relations for the Archdiocese of Sarajevo.

10/02/2015 | Francesca Miglio | Religions and the public sphere

Beyond the Postcard. The Portrait of a Wounded City

Sarajevo is a city where Muslims, Christians of various confessions and Jews have lived together for centuries. The signs of this coexistence remain visible in the architecture and in the experience of some components of civil society. But beyond the scars of the war, coexistence runs the risk today of being compromised by a difficult political and economic situation.

10/02/2015 | Martino Diez | The Peoples of Islam
Sam Najjar

The journey and return of a foreign fighter

The moral imperative to do something to defend his own people from the atrocities committed by authoritarian regimes was the impulse that in 2011 led Sam Najjair, a young man with a Libyan father and an Irish mother to leave behind a comfortable and ‘integrated’ life in Dublin to fight first in Libya and then in Syria. It was a unique experience in the multifaceted phenomenon of the foreign fighters, that nowadays involves hundreds of young Europeans, all motivated by different reasons. An interview with Sam Najjair.

04/02/2015 | Marialaura Conte | Arab Revolutions
Islam Yakan

‘Cut the throats of the infidels and you will obtain the approval of the Merciful God!’

These words are cutting: they are from a testament that Islam Yakan, a young Egyptian jihadist, launched on Twitter shortly before dying in a suicide attack in Syria and their radical character is striking. Supported by constant references to the Qur’an and the hadith, they are full of hatred for those he calls infidels and are marked by an extreme drive to achieve the prize of paradise. They help us to understand the phenomenon of jihadism from within.

04/02/2015 | Editorial staff | Arab Revolutions
Ahmad el-Tayeb

The Islam of al-Azhar, between extremists and modernists

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.

04/02/2015 | Michele Brignone | Arab Revolutions
One of the villages blown up by Boko Haram

And After #jesuisCharlie how do We Deal with the Muslims?

What is left after the viral and global outrage that led millions of people to the streets to express their identification with the victims of the massacre in Paris? The urgency to take the necessary steps to understand Islam and the radical challenge it poses to the West.

21/01/2015 | Marialaura Conte | Religions and the public sphere

The Decisive Crossroads

The recent massacres committed by jihadists in Paris and in Nigeria confirm that contemporary Islam is facing a problem with violence. This historic challenge is already producing a polarization within the Muslim world. In this process also comparison with Christianity has its weight.

21/01/2015 | Martino Diez | Religions and the public sphere
Foto: Brigitte Djadjasasmita

‘Nothing Justifies Violence, but…’

The Arab mass media reflect the various souls of the Arab world and the stances adopted in relation to the massacre of Charlie Hebdo. Apart from the mass media of the jihadists, all of them disassociate themselves from the option of violence and identify various causes for it, arguing that the time has come to act upon them.

20/01/2015 | Chiara Pellegrino | Religions and the public sphere
A view of Cairo

The Revolution of Islam According to President al-Sisi

In an official speech given on 1 January of this year General al-Sisi expressed the wish for a ‘religious revolution’ within Islam, recognising that contemporary Islamic thought has a problem with violence that can no longer be put off. But in order to understand all of their meaning, one has to interpret his words in the religious-political context of Muslim countries.

20/01/2015 | Michele Brignone | Religions and the public sphere
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