For months the Coptic Christians in Egypt have asked for non-discriminatory regulation of the construction of places of worship
"It is as if prayer and worship by Christians were crimes," Pope Tawadros says
The national “values” that a certain consensus claims are impervious to terrorism now sound empty, and nobody knows what secularism means anymore
Most Muslims have never been subjected to the authority of a caliph. The discourse on the “Islamic state” as a legitimate state is a recent ideology that, emerging between the 1930s and the 1960s, links the legitimacy of a state’s political regime to a particular understanding of religion. Today’s Islamic world needs both a religious reform that can stimulate fresh reflection on the polity, understood not as a religious institution but as the administration of public affairs, and a political reform that can promote alternation in power.
Islam’s founding Texts reveal the requirement to establish a divine order but no man is vested with the authority to do so: indeed, government belongs to God alone. In this sense, the very concept of an Islamic state, that would seek to eradicate idolatry and enforce the divine law, is blasphemous because it implies the existence of men who substitute themselves for God in His judgment. Theorized by Pakistani and Egyptian thinkers, this ideology has inspired numerous extremist movements.
Cardinal Scola on the assassination of the priest in France: "Christians like father Jacques, brutally killed in Normandy, are building what is good"
The brutal attack claimed by the Islamic State in Rouen clearly lies outside the limits that Islamic law establishes for the use of violence
Letter from France. In Rouen, they did not make a mistake, they hit the often-forgotten foundation of the West: Christianity
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?
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
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
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
The debate surrounding Islam in the European Union refers to the broader question of the role of religions in a secular society
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
The reform of the Constitution comes in a difficult time for the country’s economy and a crucial time for the succession to President Bouteflika
Morocco considers changing religious text books: the place of Islam in politics and society is at stake
The declaration signed in Morocco invites a renewal of the interpretation of sacred texts in order to combat the distortions of extremism
During the time of the Crusades, Eastern Christians were already split between belonging to their community and belonging to the broader collectivity in which they lived. A division that still exists today: whether the preference is for the former or the latter depends on the person with whom one is speaking and the form of Islam in which Eastern Christians are immersed. In reality, however, the two identities are inseparable and complementary. Only states founded on the rule of law will be able to guarantee their survival in contexts that are authentically plural in the Middle East.