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A Plea on Behalf of Victims of ISIS/ISIL Barbarism in Iraq

A group of more than 50 American academics and professionals undersigned a plea answering the open letter of Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon, Louis Raphael Sako, who wrote: “Before the harsh and heartbreaking realities further afflict these families, the United States of America, also due to their prior involvement in Iraq, the European Union, and the league of Arab countries have the responsibility to act rapidly for a solution”.

29/08/2014 | Religions and the public sphere

Declaration of the Pontificial Council for the Interreligiouse Dialogue

The whole world has witnessed with incredulity what is now called the "Restoration of the Caliphate," which had been abolished on October 29,1923 by Kamal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey. Opposition to this "restoration" by the majority of religious institutions and Muslim politicians has not prevented the "Islamic S...

19/08/2014 | Religions and the public sphere

‘The US, the European Union and the Arab must clear the Nineveh Plain from the Jihadist Warriors'

Oasis relaunches and supports the new appeal of Patriarch Sako from Bagdad

15/08/2014 | Christians in the Muslim world
Lord David Alton

The world must respond to the cry of Iraq’s Christians*

The faithful in Iraq still pray in Aramaic, the language of Jesus

31/07/2014 | Lord David Alton | Christians in the Muslim world

‘Can I remain Seated while the Egyptian People is Demonstrating?’

Interview with Tawadros II, Pope of the Copts and Patriarch of Alexandria, by Fr. Rafic Greiche, Fr. Sharîf Nâshif, Mary as-Samîn and Michael Victor.

31/07/2014 | Arab Revolutions

Have we Become Used to the Elimination of the Christians?

A cry has gone up from the heart of old Europe: Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, the Archbishop of Lyons calls our attention to the Christians being systematically killed in Iraq. Because we cannot become used to the news of death that comes every day from the East and because we cannot remain silent. He calls on everyone to act in first person.

31/07/2014 | Philippe Barbarin | Christians in the Muslim world

‘Hurry up, the Life of Iraq Depends on it’

Letter to the Honourable Parliamentarians of Iraq from the Patriarch of Babylonia of the Chaldeans (15 July 2014)

31/07/2014 | Louis Sako | Christians in the Muslim world

A Caliphate that does not Enthuse Muslims

Although it has alarmed the West, which is not able to control it nor to grasp all of its significance, the caliphate proclaimed by the Islamic State with its capital in Mosul has not found many supporters amongst Muslim thinkers. Indeed, either they have kept quiet or they have made precise criticisms which highlight the convulsions that agitate the umma – because of the absence of a single face to Islam as well.

31/07/2014 | Michele Brignone | Arab Revolutions

Religious Leaders Unite In Joint Appeal On Acts of Violence In The Name of Religion

Amman (July 24, 2014): In recent days, we have read with horror about Christians being asked to leave the town of Mosul within twenty-four hours. We have also heard about the desecration of Christian holy spaces and their symbols – the bombing of churches and a cross being removed from St. Ephrem’s Cathedral, the seat ...

25/07/2014 | Religions and the public sphere

Towards a Genuine Fraternity between Christians and Muslims

Message from the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue

23/07/2014 | Mestizaje of civilisations

Oasis in Sarajevo: Photogallery

Cardinal Angelo Scola

The definitive dismissal of the logic of violence

An excerpt from the opening speech

08/07/2014 | Angelo Scola | Religions and the public sphere
The title of the Meeting: The Temptation of Violence: Religions between War and Reconciliation

On the Roads that Led Oasis to the Balkans

The two days of work of the international committee of Oasis in Sarajevo on 16-17 June on the subject of The Temptation of Violence: Religions between War and Reconciliation dismantled piece by piece the widespread commonplace that in the monotheistic religions are to be found the seeds of violence, which is causing so much bloodshed even today. They explored the complexity of the nexus between religions and violence without pulling any punches, uncovering a complexity that deserves to be analysed with the contribution of everyone. This is something demanded by history and current affairs.

08/07/2014 | Marialaura Conte | Religions and the public sphere
Mgr. Matthew Kukah

Boko Haram: a Question that is not only Nigerian and not Completely ‘Islamic’

In this interview granted to Oasis, the Bishop of Sokoto, Mgr. Matthew Kukah, explains the genesis and the development of Boko Haram, a terrorist movement that is sowing division in Nigeria, a country that is poor and rich at one and the same time, with attacks and kidnappings which hit innocent victims such as girl students and children.

08/07/2014 | Claudio Fontana | Religions and the public sphere
Husein ef. Kavazović, the Reis-ul-ulema of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Islam in Bosnia and its Institutional Face

Interview with Husein Kavazović. He was born in 1964 in Gradačac and has been the leader of the Islamic community of Bosnia-Herzegovina since 2012. After studying Islamic law at the Al-Azhar University of Cairo, he lived in Tuzla where as the Mufti he led the local community. He is characterised more by attending to the inner life of the Islamic community rather than by being in the political limelight. He is the successor to Mustafa Cerić who is today a candidate in the presidential elections of October in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

08/07/2014 | Martino Diez | The Peoples of Islam

Egyptians: the Demand for Security Wins at the Polls

Al-Sisi won the presidential elections in Egypt by a landslide with 97% of the votes. 47% of those with the right to vote went to the polls, whereas the turnout in 2012 when Morsi won was 52%. How and why did the General win? What will he do now with the Brothers? The expert Tewfik Aclimandos answers these questions.

01/07/2014 | Chiara Pellegrino | Arab Revolutions

Islamic Thought and Fear of the Future

The new Egyptian Constitution and the newly-elected president, the role of the Salafis, the division between the ulema and the intellectuals: in a conversation without filters, in an exclusive interview for Oasis, Salah Fadl, a great expert on Arab literature and an intellectual in dialogue with the shaykh of al-Azhar, comments on recent developments in his country.

01/07/2014 | Martino Diez | Arab Revolutions

The Father and Master that Egyptians are Looking for

In a pungent article that came out before the elections this acute Egyptian writer outlined an identikit of the kind of Egyptian voter who entrusts himself to al-Sisi and described the reasons why millions wanted the General as President and, with him, a return to the Mubarak era.

01/07/2014 | Alà’ al-Aswânî | Arab Revolutions

Nigerians Under the Menace of Boko Haram

Which conditions have created Boko Haram in Nigeria? Poverty by itself is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for violence. What are the others?

17/06/2014 | H.G. Msgr Matthew Kukah | Christians in the Muslim world

Is a Muslim Gandhi Possible?

Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad are two contemporary examples of social and civic commitment of non-violent Islam.

17/06/2014 | Ramin Jahanbegloo | Religions and the public sphere
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