Religions and the public sphere - 2017

Islam and Women, the Tunisian Path Towards Emancipation

The president announced reforms on inheritance and marriage rules. The decision has reopened the debate on the Qur’an’s interpretation and tested the Islamic Ennahda party

11/10/2017 | Michele Brignone

In Search of a Leader

Authority – not to be confused with power – is an anthropological constant and no culture, to the extent that it is also tradition, can do without it

20/09/2017 | Martino Diez

The Unpublished Text on Islam’s Reform

An Egyptian intellectual has prepared a document for al-Azhar on the renewal of religious discourse, a highly debated subject in Egypt. The text tackles sensitive issues and, partly for this reason, has not been made public

20/09/2017 | Salah Fadl

Saudi Ulama, Guardians of Change

The theologian Ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhāb guaranteed the Saudi rulers their religious legitimacy. The sovereigns, in their turn, granted the cleric and his followers a monopoly on Islam’s interpretation. Exported throughout the world thanks to the kingdom’s huge resources, even this controversial, ultra-conservative doctrine has had to cope with the modernization that has thrown the founding pact into crisis and generated conflict within the religious establishment

20/09/2017 | Raihan Ismail

Muslim Authority meets Europe. And Changes

The state of Islamic leadership on the Continent has been described as a “deafening cacophony of voices.” For decades, the various countries’ institutions have been struggling to find interlocutors from amongst an ever-increasing number of organized mosques, religious associations and imams who are either self-taught or tied to foreign nations. Whilst the European authorities find the top-level fragmentation problematic, it is nevertheless a resource for its actors

20/09/2017 | Abdessamad Belhaj

Wanted: a German Islam

There is a debate in various European countries about the need to train religious experts locally in order to avoid foreign interference and the influence of do-it-yourself preachers. The spread of ideas opposing the integration of Muslim communities and the growing force of radical ideologies are both giving cause for concern. To prevent all this, Germany has come up with the idea of creating centres of Islamic Theology. We visited them

20/09/2017 | Rolla Scolari

Islam and the West in Europe: Encounter or Clash?

The growing presence of Muslims in Europe raises the question of compatibility between different views in the public sphere

07/09/2017 | Javier Maria Prades López

“Muslims Need to Reflect on Themselves”

The reactive speech that contributes to the spread of the ideological discourse popular on the market of extremism should end

13/04/2017 | Antoine Messarra

Freedom and Citizenship according to al-Azhar

"Even if the Islamic debate on terrorism remains on an apologetic level, important steps have been made in the battle against extremism"

13/04/2017 | Rafic Greiche

The Role of Religious Leaders in Fighting Extremism

Religion is the solution and not a part of the problem. Ignorance regarding religious teachings is the main factor behind fundamentalism

13/04/2017 | Pope Tawadros II

There Are No Minorities, only Citizens

The al-Azhar declaration calls for a renewed alliance between all Arab citizens: Muslims, Christians and those of other religions

13/04/2017 | Al-Azhar Great Mosque

“The Islamic Sacred Scriptures are Not Rental Weapons”

The rise of extremism coincides with the reduction of a correct understanding of religion

13/04/2017 | Ahmad al-Tayyib, Grand Imam of al-Azhar

What Leadership for Muslims

"We need a mature and courageous Muslim leadership, capable of proposing another way of living the faith"


On the Empire’s Periphery: the ‘Good’ in Albania

In the Balkans, it ispossible to have "a genuine exchange with those who are responsible for the Muslim community"

24/03/2017 | Maria Laura Conte

The Language of Extremism

The fundamentalist discourse divides the world into two factions: that of evil and that of “true” believers

21/03/2017 | Hassan Mohamed Wageih Hassan

The Role of al-Azhar in the Battle against Fanaticism

Extremists read superficially and selectively the Islamic sources. Some possible solutions

21/03/2017 | Muhyi al-Din 'Afifi Ahmad

Al-Azhar and the Vatican in Confronting the Phenomena of Fanaticism, Extremism and Violence

The program of the seminar of the Joint Committee for dialogue between the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the Al-Azhar Center for Dialogue


The Brain Drain and the Future of Syria

The economy of the Middle Eastern country is collapsing and the refugee exodus is leading to a tragic loss of skill sets, knowledge base and capital that will have an impact on the future of the region. The crisis is increasingly being framed in sectarian ways

15/03/2017 | Helen Makkas, Omar S. Dahi

Revitalizing Democracy as a Response to Violence

The lack of understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims can be traced to the fact that we find ourselves facing a “complex encounter” of civilizations in which individuals are conveying different conceptions of the public space. There is an urgent need to renegotiate co-existence

15/03/2017 | Brigitte Maréchal

Muslim Boy Scouts

The founder of the movement in France tells us how the construction of a European Islam comes through the education of young people

09/03/2017 | Chiara Pellegrino
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