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Syria: a Thousand-Year-Old Heritage Victim of War

Among the wreckage caused by bomb attacks but also by clandestine excavations and thefts there are also the destruction of the most important sites and monuments of the country. In this general chaos the local communities try to defend their past but also their economic future through tourism.

07/04/2014 | Viviane Dutaut-Ceccarelli | Arab Revolutions

Pakistan: the law on blasphemy, from defence to hatred

The case involving Asia Bibi, a Pakistani woman who is still waiting for the judgement of the Court of Second Instance after a death condemnation in the First Instance, highlights the urgent need for change the blasphemy law. The principle of the ‘defence of religions’ is the wrong answer to the real need for punishing incitement to hatred.

07/04/2014 | Martino Diez | Christians in the Muslim world

Lebanon: Why Should the Lebanese Identity be Reinvented?

To deal with the impact of the events which are shaking the Middle East, Lebanon is called to reform its institutions abandoning the confessional logic on which they are based and rethinking the pact of cohabitation of the diverse communities which form it.

07/04/2014 | Salim Daccache | Arab Revolutions

“Journalism is not lying, it means taking a stand” Interview with Ghassan Hajjar, managing editor of An Nahar

The editor of the most important newspaper in Lebanon explains the role of the media and information today in the Middle East between the necessity of balance and the impossibility of neutrality in a divided country and too close to Syria.

07/04/2014 | Marialaura Conte | Arab Revolutions

Where is the contemporary world going?

An English journalist, expert on world news, reads and reviews the last issue of Oasis.

03/03/2014 | James Roberts, The Tablet | Mestizaje of civilisations

Interpreting Religions between Secularism and Ideology

A Professor of Islamic Studies in the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies in the University of Exeter (UK) tackles the topics of the discussion proposed by Oasis #18.

03/03/2014 | Ian Richard Netton | Mestizaje of civilisations

"Let's wait for tomorrow to up sticks"

Total self-giving. The sacrifice of the seven monks of Tibhirine has not ceased to shine forth: ‘a Cistercian wreck in the ocean of Islam’, they chose to remain in an Algeria tormented by violence, bearing witness to the possibility of an existential dialogue with Muslims, capable, that is to say, of bearing upon everyday life and eternity.

25/02/2014 | Sr.M. Augusta Trecari O.C.S.O. | Christians in the Muslim world

The forbidden Fruits of Mount Lebanon

Orthodoxy and violence. Retrieved in order to face up to the crusades, jihad ideology was manipulated by Sunni governors for their own political success: ‘holy war’ became a means by which to counter minorities who were seen as a danger for Islamic unity. The fanaticism that sprang from this has never been extinguished.

25/02/2014 | Suleiman Ali Mourad | The Peoples of Islam

The Nail of the Cross in the Diadem-Helmet

Faith and politics. The anniversary of the Edict of Constantine is a privileged opportunity to understand the radical novelty of that act and to explore its implications for relations between the state and the citizens, yesterday and today. But also to approach a ‘personal’ reading of the much discussed Emperor.

25/02/2014 | Francesco Braschi | Christian Classics

But When does Life in a Mother’s Womb Begin?

Bioethics. Reference has been made to a ‘holy alliance’ between Christians and Muslims against abortion. In reality, there are differences. For the Catholic Magisterium one should distinguish between direct abortion, which is never licit, and indirect abortion. For the scholars of Islam therapeutic abortion can be acceptable but only before the ensoulement.

25/02/2014 | Paola Bernardini | Religions and the public sphere

Can a Country be emptied of its People?

Syria. After the Pope’s appeal, something has happened. If nothing else, it has spurred us to look at the hellishness of the war by considering all its implications. First of all, the refugee issue, an emergency that is becoming increasingly out of control. And the theme of the minorities and their ‘protection’.

25/02/2014 | Marialaura Conte | Arab Revolutions

A Three-Cent Life

Michel Kilo, a historic dissident in exile in Paris, is waiting for the war to end so that he can return home. Convinced that the original democratic drive is still alive in the majority of Syrians, he hopes in Assad’s fall. And, therefore, in the beginning of that freedom for which he has been fighting since he was young.

25/02/2014 | Marialaura Conte, Martino Diez | Arab Revolutions

“Damascus will Go Back to Being a World Centre”

Neither a loyalist nor an opponent, but simply on the people’s side: this is how Maria Saadeh, a young MP who rejects all the foreign interference and denounces the regime’s mistakes, describes herself. Nevertheless, only President Assad can, in her opinion, allow Syria to become a pluralist civic state.

25/02/2014 | Marialaura Conte, Michele Brignone | Arab Revolutions

The Realistic Way of the Ideal

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25/02/2014 | Martino Diez | Arab Revolutions

A Mysterious Light in the Shadows

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25/02/2014 | François Mourad | Christians in the Muslim world

Faith: hearing and seeing

Rather than dwelling upon the opposition between faith and positivistic scientism, Ratzinger emphasises the margins of uncertainty and doubt that concern both the believers and the non-believer. Not only can the most authentic Christians, such as Thérèse of Lisieux, be assailed at certain moments by anxiety and doubt, but atheists or agnostics, as well, cannot prohibit themselves for asking whether their vision of the world is the only one possible and whether there is something more.

25/02/2014 | Massimo Borghesi | Magisterium

Being Established to Understand

Excerpts from Lumen Fidei, the first encyclical letter of Pope Francis (nn. 23-26, 29-30).

25/02/2014 | H.H. Pope Francis | Magisterium

The temptation of ‘Yet perhaps it is true’

In the modern world both those who believe and those who do not believe contemporaneously live the experiences of doubt and of faith: for the former faith makes itself present against doubt; for the latter, through it. In the search for the ultimate meaning of life, doubt can become a place of communication beyond every stockade.

25/02/2014 | John Esposito, Joseph Ratzinger | Christian Classics

Prophecy is fulfilled, it's reason time

The most surprising feature of The Reconstruction is the enthusiastic celebration of the perennial movement of the Self, in its exterior and interior dimensions. The endorsement of the changing and the empirical is said to be so characteristic of Islam as to be found in all its most authentic cultural expressions, from...

25/02/2014 | Martino Diez | Arabo-Islamic Classics

The eternal secret of the ego

In the thought of Muhammad Iqbal there emerges a fundamental provocation: equipped with new categories and experiences, the world of Islam is called to engage in a work of ‘reconstruction’ of its religious thought which is much more than a mere accommodation to modernity.

25/02/2014 | Muhammad Iqbal | Arabo-Islamic Classics
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