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    ‘The entire Uyghur population is seemingly being treated as suspect’: China’s persecution of its Muslim minority

‘The entire Uyghur population is seemingly being treated as suspect’: China’s persecution of its Muslim minority

Beijing policy towards the Uyghur ethnic group has changed from encouraging gradual economic and cultural assimilation – supported by forceful measures – to a more immediate and indiscriminate use of physical and ideological force, writes Roderic Wye, following international reports of vast numbers of Uyghurs being sent to detention camps. This is the starkest example of the widespread intensification […]

September 18th, 2018|Featured, Latest|0 Comments|
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    ‘A spiritual tradition of self-understanding’: Open to Reason: Muslim Philosophers in Conversation with the Western Tradition

‘A spiritual tradition of self-understanding’: Open to Reason: Muslim Philosophers in Conversation with the Western Tradition

Souleymane Bachir Diagne introduces us to his new book examining some of the most fruitful dialogues that have occurred, and continue to occur, between Muslim thinkers and philosophers from the Western tradition. Such conversations demonstrate that philosophy is not the sole preserve of a single culture but a vibrant, dynamic exchange of ideas across time. Diagne’s presentation of the […]

September 13th, 2018|Featured, Latest|0 Comments|
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    Peacebuilding in Afghanistan: the role of religious civil society

Peacebuilding in Afghanistan: the role of religious civil society

Strengthening Afghan civil society has been seen as central to the post-2001 peacebuilding process by national and international actors engaged in Afghanistan. But limited attention has been given to who are considered civil society actors and what role religious actors could play. Kaja Borchgrevink revisits her work on Afghan civil society 10 years on arguing that more consideration needs […]

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    The Catholic work ethic: Weber may have been wrong in linking hard work to Protestantism

The Catholic work ethic: Weber may have been wrong in linking hard work to Protestantism

The Catholic Cistercians spread hard work and thrift in parts of Europe before the Reformation, write Thomas Barnebeck Andersen, Jeanet Bentzen, Carl-Johan Dalgaard and Paul Sharp.

Social scientists have always been concerned about the role of religion for society. In the early twentieth century, there were concerns about the compatibility of Catholicism and liberal democracy; in the post-Cold War period, […]

August 30th, 2018|Europe, Featured, Latest|0 Comments|
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    Islamic divorce in the English courts: human rights and sharia law

Islamic divorce in the English courts: human rights and sharia law

As the majority of Muslim marriages in England are not legally recognised, women are in a particularly vulnerable position should those marriages break down. However, in one recent case a judge’s novel application of article 8 of the European Convention has opened the door for the wife to seek some financial recourse. Alistair Jones perceives this to be a significant […]

August 21st, 2018|Featured, Latest|1 Comment|

The Muslim Brotherhood as a product of a secular age

Referring to the Muslim Brotherhood as at least partly secular may seem strange. Islamist organisations, after all, want Islam to permeate public and private life. Yet the Brotherhood only emerged in a rapidly modernising sovereign Egypt in which functional differentiation of state institutions had occurred. Drawing on this understanding of secularity as proposed by Charles Taylor, Katerina Dalacoura presents […]

August 14th, 2018|Featured, Latest|0 Comments|
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    Beyond the Pew report: Christian identities and ‘Others’ in contemporary Europe

Beyond the Pew report: Christian identities and ‘Others’ in contemporary Europe

What can Pew Research Center’s recent report on Christian identity and attitudes towards minorities tell us about Europe today? Nasar Meer, who was on the panel when Pew visited LSE this summer, highlights how the report may challenge our preconceptions of interreligious tolerance. He also considers how exclusive religious identities inevitably have a political component and can therefore be […]

August 9th, 2018|Europe, Featured, Latest|0 Comments|
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    “Wholly at one with the most authentic Christian legacy”: John Milbank on the Catholic Church ruling the death penalty ‘inadmissible’

“Wholly at one with the most authentic Christian legacy”: John Milbank on the Catholic Church ruling the death penalty ‘inadmissible’

Today (2 August) the Vatican has ruled that the death penalty is always inadmissible, changing the Catechism of the Catholic Church which had previously allowed for capital punishment to be handed down in extreme cases. John Milbank provides us with his reaction to this historic announcement. He welcomes the change and sees it as perfectly in line with Christian […]

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    Cults, Martyrs and Good Samaritans: Religion in Contemporary English Political Discourse

Cults, Martyrs and Good Samaritans: Religion in Contemporary English Political Discourse

In offering a summary of his new book, James Crossley considers the continued use of religious references in English politics. Tracing the history of such language over recent decades, he demonstrates how real-world events and political developments can influence how and why politicians employ religious language.

Religion and terms which carry related assumptions (e.g. Bible, Islam, Christianity, sect, martyr, etc.) […]

July 30th, 2018|Featured, Latest|0 Comments|
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    Beyond African religious homophobia: How Christianity is a source of African LGBT activism

Beyond African religious homophobia: How Christianity is a source of African LGBT activism

The emergence of anti-homosexuality politics in Africa is often explained with reference to religion. Although religion is a major factor in fuelling homophobia in Africa, the Bible and the Christian faith are not only sites of struggle but have also been appropriated by African LGBT activists in support of their cause. Adriaan van Klinken says we need to move beyond a […]