The Peoples of Islam - 2017

Shi‘ites and Leadership

From imam’s centrality to the jurisconsult’s government

26/09/2017 | Fârès Gillon

The Qur’an as a Political Programme

The Islamists claim to be restoring the thinking and practices of the first Islamic communities. They appropriate the sacred texts in order to construct their own concept of a theo-democratic government founded on the notion of divine sovereignty. Such a notion would purportedly date back to Islam’s formative period. In this way, the various (and, principally, a-political) interpretations that can be found in the oldest sources are ignored

20/09/2017 | Asma Afsaruddin

How the Shi‘ite Clergy Entered Politics

Born as a revolutionary movement, Shi‘ite Islam saw the role of the ulama grow constantly and uninterruptedly during the course of its history until a genuine hierarchy, dominated by the authority of the marja‘iyya, was created from the nineteenth century onward. After the Khomeinist revolution, this institution entered into competition with the office of the Supreme Iranian Leader and is, today, at a crossroads: will the Āyatollah al-Sīstānī be its last great exponent in Iraq?

20/09/2017 | Rainer Brunner

The Sufis’ Soft Power

Friendship with God is the source of authority. In Sufism, it is the Almighty who chooses whom to honour, elect, sanctify and bless with the knowledge and spiritual powers that will make him a guide in his domain. In mystical texts, this holiness is likened to the trunk of a tree with many branches. Each branch produces a force that is transformed into a real form of leadership capable of shaping the culture of the society of the day

20/09/2017 | Souad al-Hakim

Does al-Azhar Speak for All Sunnis?

The Egyptian mosque-university is often called “Islam’s Vatican”. This ancient institution is certainly one of the most prestigious centres of Muslim learning in the world but to accord it primacy in religious interpretation means not to understand the nature of authority in Sunni Islam. If it cannot claim that absolute leadership that the West attributes to it, today it nevertheless aspires to lead Islam’s renewal

20/09/2017 | Michele Brignone

Is it all Wahhabism’s Fault?

An Anglo-Tunisian intellectual identifies the origins of jihadism in the official doctrine of Saudi Arabia, and invites Islamist movements to free themselves from its influence

08/09/2017 | Michele Brignone

The Verses of the Princes of Poets

Love, eternity and the power of poetry are some of the themes recited by the contestants of a successful talent show

31/08/2017 | Oasis

The Arab Idol of Poetry is More Popular Than Football

Abu Dhabi, a television program attracts young poets from all over the Arab world: they fight for the title of Prince of Poets

31/08/2017 | Marina Eskandar

The Arabic Talent Show That Reawakens Poetry

According to one of the judges of “Prince of Poets”, the Egyptian intellectual Salah Fadl, TV can promote those who write in verses

30/08/2017 | Marina Eskandar

The Popularity of Arabic Poetry

From the desert to talent shows, Arabs identify the community’s collective memory in the figure of the poet

30/08/2017 | Oriana Capezio

The Divisions in the Middle East: Not Only Sunnis and Shiites

In the Gulf crisis, Ulama and preachers have aligned not according to religious but political orientation

05/07/2017 | Michele Brignone

Resistance in Qatar

Saudi Arabia and the Emirates thought that Doha would have quickly surrendered to pressures, but the crisis will be long

04/07/2017 | Rolla Scolari

Those Shrines Destroyed by the Extremist Fury

From Pakistan to Mali, by way of Tunisia and Egypt, extremist groups annihilated ancient monuments

27/06/2017 | Redazione

Sufi Orders and the Turkish Coup d’Etat

The Sufi tradition has shaped Islam in Turkey and is at the origin of those movements and parties that today are key players in the country’s politics

27/06/2017 | Alberto Fabio Ambrosio

Who are the Sufis?

Brotherhood, mysticism, saints, and mausoleums. A guide to understanding the most spiritual stream of Islam and its history

27/06/2017 | Chiara Pellegrino

The Emirates, or the Gulf's “Little Sparta”

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and his support for another ambitious prince (on the raise) in Riyadh

27/06/2017 | Cinzia Bianco

Religious Authorities in Islam

Who speaks for Muslims

03/04/2017 | Michele Brignone
Husein ef. Kavazović, the Reis-ul-ulema of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Islam in Bosnia and its Institutional Face

Islam in Europe. Interview with the chief of the Muslim community of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Summer 2014

24/03/2017 | Martino Diez
Turkish Mps vote for the new Contitution

Turkey Towards Erdoğan’s Authoritarian Presidentialism

The constitutional referendum in Turkey will be held on April 16, 2017. The proposed constitutional reform, promoted by the Erdoğan’s AKP, introduces presidentialism

21/03/2017 | Francesca Miglio

Is it Possible to Reform Islam?

The dialectic between renewal and conservation doea not always lead to the path traced by liberal modernity

09/03/2017 | Michele Brignone

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