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
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
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
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
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
The growing presence of Muslims in Europe raises the question of compatibility between different views in the public sphere
The reactive speech that contributes to the spread of the ideological discourse popular on the market of extremism should end
"Even if the Islamic debate on terrorism remains on an apologetic level, important steps have been made in the battle against extremism"
Religion is the solution and not a part of the problem. Ignorance regarding religious teachings is the main factor behind fundamentalism
The al-Azhar declaration calls for a renewed alliance between all Arab citizens: Muslims, Christians and those of other religions
The rise of extremism coincides with the reduction of a correct understanding of religion
"We need a mature and courageous Muslim leadership, capable of proposing another way of living the faith"
In the Balkans, it ispossible to have "a genuine exchange with those who are responsible for the Muslim community"
The fundamentalist discourse divides the world into two factions: that of evil and that of “true” believers
Extremists read superficially and selectively the Islamic sources. Some possible solutions
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 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
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
The founder of the movement in France tells us how the construction of a European Islam comes through the education of young people
Translation of an extract of the document by Moroccan religious leaders on freedom of religion in Islam