Religions and the public sphere - 2016

Egypt, Copts and Government reach agreement on Church Building Law

For months the Coptic Christians in Egypt have asked for non-discriminatory regulation of the construction of places of worship

02/09/2016 | Tewfik Aclimandos
Pope Tawadros and General al-Sisi

Egyptian Copts and the Liberty to Build Churches

"It is as if prayer and worship by Christians were crimes," Pope Tawadros says

02/09/2016 | Pope Tawadros II

What is the Solution for France?

The national “values” that a certain consensus claims are impervious to terrorism now sound empty, and nobody knows what secularism means anymore

01/08/2016 | Jean Duchesne

The Caliphate is not a Matter of Faith

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.

29/07/2016 | Ridwan Al-Sayyid

The Paradox of Political Islam

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.

29/07/2016 | Leïla Babès

The Meaning of Martyrdom

Cardinal Scola on the assassination of the priest in France: "Christians like father Jacques, brutally killed in Normandy, are building what is good"

29/07/2016 | Angelo Scola
The church of Rouen

The Quran and Respect for Holy Places

The brutal attack claimed by the Islamic State in Rouen clearly lies outside the limits that Islamic law establishes for the use of violence

29/07/2016 | Martino Diez

Je Suis le Père Jacques Hamel

Letter from France. In Rouen, they did not make a mistake, they hit the often-forgotten foundation of the West: Christianity

29/07/2016 | Jean Duchesne

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

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

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

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

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

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

Algeria, New Constitution and Old Status Quo

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

09/03/2016 | Caterina Roggero

Reforming Teachingto Combat Fundamentalism

Morocco considers changing religious text books: the place of Islam in politics and society is at stake

09/03/2016 | Michele Brignone

Islam and Non-Muslims, the Marrakesh Challenge

The declaration signed in Morocco invites a renewal of the interpretation of sacred texts in order to combat the distortions of extremism

09/03/2016 | Marc Boucrot

Christians, First and Foremost, or Citizens? Both, Equally

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.

27/01/2016 | Léna Gannagé

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