Category: Islamic Theology & Law

Gideon Aran: On Religion and Violence

Gideon Aran: On Religion and Violence

[ 0 ] December 16, 2014 |

“Religious violence is, firstly, violence sponsored or performed by individuals or groups who self-define and are identified by those around them as religious. Secondly, these actors account for their violence in a religious language, invoking religious symbols and referencing religious norms and values.”– Gideon Aran by GIDEON ARAN for CONTENDING MODERNITIES (blog at University of […]

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The Attack in Australia, and a Show of Interfaith Solidarity with that Nation’s Muslims (a compilation)

The Attack in Australia, and a Show of Interfaith Solidarity with that Nation’s Muslims (a compilation)

[ 0 ] December 15, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 15, 2014:  A hostage crisis in Sydney, Australia has ended after a 17-hour siege by a lone gunman of the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in the city’s central business district. Various media were reporting that the gunman is Man Haron Monis — an Iranian-born refugee and self-described cleric who’s been in […]

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Amir Hussain: The Outer Edges of Islam

[ 0 ] December 8, 2014 |

by AMIR HUSSAIN for the UC OBSERVER (United Church Observer, Canada), DECEMBER 2014:  So, what do you think about ISIS?” The question was posed at the end of September by an agnostic colleague at the Jesuit university in Los Angeles. The query was directed at me, no doubt, because I’m the lone Muslim theology professor on […]

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Omid Safi: Heaven is Not a Zip Code

Omid Safi: Heaven is Not a Zip Code

[ 0 ] December 8, 2014 |

by OMID SAFI for ON BEING on NOVEMBER 27, 2014:  What if we have gotten Heaven all wrong? Many Christians, Muslims, and some Buddhists imagine a heavenly place as an eternal reward for the faithful. While this place is often described as a garden of serenity and tranquility, we often see many faithful arguing about who […]

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Ayesha Jalal on ‘The Struggle for Pakistan’ (Book Q & A)

Ayesha Jalal on ‘The Struggle for Pakistan’ (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] December 2, 2014 |

Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN for ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 2, 2014:  Pakistan is a nation with a strong will to survive. It has endured political upheavals, ethnic discord, military dictatorships, and the challenges of religious extremism. In her new book, The Struggle for Pakistan: A […]

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New Volume on “Islam in Nigeria” Tackles Boko Haram Insurgency & Historical and Contemporary Islamic Landscape

New Volume on “Islam in Nigeria” Tackles Boko Haram Insurgency & Historical and Contemporary Islamic Landscape

[ 0 ] November 24, 2014 |

Academic publication introduces readers to the history of Islam in Nigeria, and tackles the Boko Haram insurgency; internal splits of the Salafi movement in Nigeria; dynamics generated by the mobilization for ‘political Sharia’ in the years 2000s; contemporary and varied Islamic movements and trends (Tijaniyya, Salafism, Shiism) that are the protagonists of a constant (and usually non-violent) […]

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LISTEN: Reza Aslan– Islam’s Reformation

[ 0 ] November 24, 2014 |

via WNYC/ON BEING on NOVEMBER 20, 2014:  In a probing and personal conversation, Reza Aslan opens a refreshing window on religion in the world and Islam in particular. It’s a longer view of history and humanity than news cycles invite — certainly when it comes to the Arab Spring, or to ISIS.  

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Sarah Ager on Reclaiming the Radical Feminism of the Qur’an

[ 0 ] November 20, 2014 |

by SARAH AGER for THE GIRL GOD (BLOG) on NOVEMBER 19, 2014:  “As a feminist, how could you willingly subject yourself to such a misogynistic religion?” It’s disheartening to think how many times I’ve been asked this question since I converted to Islam. However, given my own misgivings towards the status of women in Islam […]

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WATCH: Imams in Western Europe– Authority, Training, and Institutional Challenges

WATCH: Imams in Western Europe– Authority, Training, and Institutional Challenges

[ 0 ] November 19, 2014 |

via MOHAMMED HASHAS/YOUTUBE on NOVEMBER 12, 2014:  LUISS School of Government in Italy presents the International Conference ‘Imams in Western Europe – Authority, Training, and Institutional Challenges’ November 5, 2014 – Aula Magna, Viale Pola, 12 Rome Welcome by LUISS School of Government: Giovanni Orsina Welcome by the conveners: Mohammed Hashas, LUISS Guido Carli Niels Valdemar […]

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Jeremy Menchik on Governing Religion Democratically in Indonesia

Jeremy Menchik on Governing Religion Democratically in Indonesia

[ 0 ] November 19, 2014 |

by JEREMY MENCHIK for JAKARTA GLOBE on NOVEMBER 19, 2014:  Announcements by Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin and Home Minister Tjahjo Kumolo that they plan to change the way that the government regulates religious affairs is a promising sign that the administration of President Joko Widodo will work to improve the rights of religious […]

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