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  • 1 Jun 2020
    Mona Siddiqui

    Covid 19 and the struggle for hope and certainty

    A few weeks ago I went out for my daily walk on Thursday evening just before 8pm. I had forgotten that since the current lockdown in the UK, this is the time set aside for the weekly Clap for our Carers campaign. It’s a public event to show appreciation of all NHS and frontline staff. […]

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  • 16 Jan 2020
    Ramazan Kılınç

    Religious Minorities and Politics

    Recently, India passed a bill to amend its citizenship law. With this bill, religion becomes a major criterion for the approval of new citizens. While the bill makes it easier to get citizenship for persecuted Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, and Christians, it excludes Muslims, India’s largest minority, with a population of around 200 million. This […]

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  • 13 Jun 2019
    Ahmet T. Kuru

    Is Religion-State Separation Possible in Islam?

    In both academia and the media, a well-known perception is that Christianity essentially embraces religion-state separation whereas Islam essentially rejects it. Defenders of this perception provide some textual evidences. To show religion-state separation in Christianity, they quote a Biblical phrase, “render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are […]

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  • 8 Jan 2019
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    Anthony Bale

    Is Brexit a ‘crusade’?

    The political and economic agenda of the United Kingdom has been dominated for the last two years by the result of the 2016 Brexit referendum. A few days after the referendum, in which 52% of voters voted to leave the European Union, the Islamic State organisation praised Brexit for destabilising ‘crusader Europe’. ISIS represented a […]

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  • 23 Feb 2016
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    Sylvester Johnson

    Black History, American Islam, and National Security

    Sylvester A. Johnson, the author of African American Religions, 1500-2000: Colonialism, Democracy, and Freedom (2015), explores what Black history reveals about the larger state of national security and American Islam.

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  • 25 Jul 2013

    Author Colin Howson on Objecting to God

    Author Colin Howson talks to us about writing his latest book Objecting to God, researching probability and logic, his appreciation of Scottish writers, and a flying monk.

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  • 24 Aug 2010

    An Islamic cultural center in Manhattan?

    Plans by the Cordoba Initiative to build a community center that includes a mosque near the former site of the World Trade Center in New York have sparked a heated national debate. Some argue vehemently that the group–started after 9/11 to promote religious and cultural understanding–should not attempt to build a mosque so close to […]

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  • 29 Mar 2010

    Saudi Arabia: The Struggle for Its Soul

    The Economist calls Jihad in Saudi Arabia a “rare combination of sympathetic nuance and critical rigour.” The book is out next month; the review is online now. Read it here: Saudi Arabia: The Struggle for Its Soul…

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