Religions and the public sphere - 2017

“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

The Declaration of Moroccan Ulama on Apostasy

Translation of an extract of the document by Moroccan religious leaders on freedom of religion in Islam

09/03/2017 | Marina Eskandar

Morocco: the Apostate no Longer Faces Death

A recent step taken by the kingdom’s ulama represents a turning point. The attempt to curb extremism

02/03/2017 | Chiara Pellegrino

Muslim Leaders and Terrorism

Respect for the authentic Islamic identity from the extremism’s falsifications cannot happen without the involvement of masters, spiritual trends and traditional theological schools

02/03/2017 | Yahya Sergio Yahe Pallavicini
Moroccan students in Marrakesh

Religion in Moroccan Schools

The role of Islam, language of instruction, social justice: the education system still trying to find its balance sixty years after national independence

02/03/2017 | Omar Brouksy

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