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The Tunisian Exception: the Armed Forces

After 2011, helping facilitate a political transition was an army that did not play a supporting role to the dictator and lacked vested interests or collusions with the regime, and that is transforming itself today

04/07/2016 | Giovanni Parigi | Arab Revolutions

The Tunisian Exception: the Islamist Compromise

Ennahda party declared it is framing its actions in terms of “transition and change”. Is a move towards a “Muslim Democracy” along the lines of European Christian Democracies possible?

04/07/2016 | Michele Brignone | Religions and the public sphere

Turkey and Tunisia: a Possible Parallel?

Ennahda’s announcement divides the Islamists, fails to convince the Secularists and opens a debate in countries where the experiment of the separation of mosque and politics has already been done

04/07/2016 | Chiara Pellegrino | Religions and the public sphere
Mgr George Bugeja

Pentecost Friday

“Libya is not a closed chapter for the Church, we live in a difficult time alongside the country,” says bishop of Tripoli, George Bugeja

13/06/2016 | Rolla Scolari | Christians in the Muslim world

Pakistan: the Law that Legalizes the Persecution of Christians

Pakistan’s blasphemy regulations provide the legal basis for discrimination. The Nawaz Sharif government continues to take small steps towards change, which however still seems far away

13/06/2016 | Claudio Fontana | Religious freedom
Father Jihad Youssef

Deciding Every Day at Dawn Whether or Not to Stay

“We have to pray a lot for the unity of Muslims, who are even more divided than us Christians. There is good for them and for us in their unity”

13/06/2016 | Chiara Pellegrino | Christians in the Muslim world

Al-Sisi, Human Rights and the West

The Egyptian president affirms that his country is a "young democracy" in which fundamental liberties can wait. An analyst highlights the passiveness of the West. Meanwhile, Pope Francis asks what has become of the historic mission of Europe

26/05/2016 | Michele Brignone | Religions and the public sphere

Muqtada al-Sadr: from Warlord to Populist Leader

During the war in Iraq, his troops were among the most ruthless opponents to the U.S. army and they contributed to the exacerbation of sectarian tensions. Today, the Shiite cleric has reinvented himself as the leader of protests demanding an end to corruption and reforms

26/05/2016 | Andrea Plebani, Chiara Lovotti | The Peoples of Islam

The “J’Accuse” of a Saudi Journalist

Nadine al-Budayr has written articles and spoken out against the rule of religious men in the Muslim world. She has been heavily criticized and today is at the center of controversy. Here is why

26/05/2016 | Nadine al-Budayr | Religions and the public sphere

Syria, Libya, Iraq: Armed Groups and Power

The collapse or the weakening of Middle Eastern regimes led to the emergence of different ideological, ethnic and sectarian forces increasingly represented by paramilitary movements

28/04/2016 | Giovanni Parigi | Jihadism and violence

The origins of Jihadism in Europe

Nihilist revolt, Third-Worldist reaction or Islamic response to social marginalization. The French debate the nature of extremist militancy

28/04/2016 | Michele Brignone | Jihadism and violence
Iraqi Kurdistan's leader, Barzani

Which Kurdistan are the Kurds Fighting for?

Political parties, movements, armed militias: why the pan-Kurdish political project falters and each group pursues its own interests

28/04/2016 | Francesca Miglio | The Peoples of Islam

Brief Arab Press Review on Giulio Regeni's Case

The Egyptian Press on the Italian Student's Murder

06/04/2016 | Editorial staff

When Europe Demands that Religions Become “Liberal”

The debate surrounding Islam in the European Union refers to the broader question of the role of religions in a secular society

04/04/2016 | Olivier Roy | Religions and the public sphere

This is Not a Fight Between Muslim and Non-Muslim Societies

What we are witnessing is a clash between a conservative system and a progressive model

04/04/2016 | Abdelmajid Charfi | Mestizaje of civilisations

The Mediterranean, a Global Space

From an area of conflict and exchange, Mare Nostrum has become a counter-East that creates an area of mixture and proximity

04/04/2016 | Henry Laurens | Mestizaje of civilisations

What’s Next for Turkey in 2016

In a complex and ambiguous situation, the moves made by the Erdoğan government in foreign and internal affairs are tied to the fate of millions of refugees and the balance of Europe

21/03/2016 | Francesca Miglio | Religions and the public sphere

The fate of Schengen and the Endurance of the European Pact

The migration crisis put the EU to the test. In order to hold out, the Union must not be perceived as a service provider, but as a dimension of existence of its citizens and residents

21/03/2016 | Andrea Pin | Mestizaje of civilisations

Isis and the Threat to the Christian Architectural Heritage

In Syria, the Islamic State causes the exodus of minorities who are under attack, and threatens the existence of ancient sacred places of worship

21/03/2016 | Christian Lochon | Eastern Christians

The Success of “Reformists” in Iran Does not Represent the Defeat of Ultraconservatives

A clash between the élites in Iran could lead to new public demonstrations

21/03/2016 | Claudio Fontana | The Peoples of Islam
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