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    ‘Travelling fear’ in global context: Exploring everyday dynamics of in/security and im/mobility

‘Travelling fear’ in global context: Exploring everyday dynamics of in/security and im/mobility

Aydan Greatrick and Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh put Trump’s recent “Muslim Ban” (and the exceptional responses to it) in context by focusing on the everyday dynamics of exclusion, immobility and insecurity that have long framed the lives of refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants.

The shock that greeted President Trump’s travel ban ruling was seismic, inspiring massive demonstrations against the Executive Order barring individuals from seven […]

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    Freedom of expression vs. defamation of religions: Protecting individuals or protecting religions?

Freedom of expression vs. defamation of religions: Protecting individuals or protecting religions?

In 2005 the Danish Muhammed cartoons sparked a heated international debate on the relationship between free speech and protection against religious discrimination. Whilst such tensions continue to be a source of conflict in the UN today, Marie Juul Petersen and Heini í Skorini look at what lies behind the actions of one of the key players in this debate, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

“Freedom […]

Islam as a political force: more than belief

The politicization of religion cannot be explained by the ideas of religious doctrines but by the interactions between religious and political actors, institutions and ideas argues Jocelyne Cesari. In the Muslim world, the nation-building process saw a decisive rearrangement of the society-state-religion nexus with state projects making use of Islamic terminology or vocabulary to legitimize state actors and policies. […]

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    Freedom from religion is fundamental to the human rights system but it is under threat

Freedom from religion is fundamental to the human rights system but it is under threat

In recent years there has been an attempt to redraw the boundaries of human rights on grounds of traditionalism, religion and conservatism. Frances Raday argues that current debates regarding state and religion should be determined on the basis of their impact on human rights, without deference to religious norms or sentiments.

The participation of religious institutions and the incorporation of […]

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    ‘Good Muslim/ bad Muslim’ and ‘good refugee/bad refugee’ narratives are shaping European responses to the refugee crisis

‘Good Muslim/ bad Muslim’ and ‘good refugee/bad refugee’ narratives are shaping European responses to the refugee crisis

The growing importance of religious identity in the politics of migration and refugees has led to increasingly harsh immigration policies. Erin K. Wilson and Luca Mavelli argue that the focus needs to shift from religious identity to solidarity with fellow human beings.

As of the end of 2015, 65.3 million people were displaced globally at a rate of 24 per […]

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    The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations’ ability to improve relations between Christians and Muslims has been limited

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations’ ability to improve relations between Christians and Muslims has been limited

Following 9/11, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) was created to improve inter-community relations between Christians and Muslims. Over a decade after the Alliance was established, Jeffrey Haynes argues that while it is now an established entity at the UN, its capacity to help improve global justice in the context of relations between the West and the Muslim […]

The United Nations – what has religion got to do with it?

In the last two decades there has been a pressing need to make sense of religion in international politics. Here Anne Stensvold finds that the struggle over values at the UN is not a fight over ultimate truth but about how to accommodate religion in a globalized world. Rather than focusing on ‘good’ or ‘bad’ religion we need to look at […]

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    Public presence as loss of power: Religious NGOs from Church diplomacy to civil society activism

Public presence as loss of power: Religious NGOs from Church diplomacy to civil society activism

The increasing role of religion in public space must not be equated with an increase in socio-political significance. Analysing the early history of Religious Non-Governmental Organizations (RNGOs) in the context of the UN, Karsten Lehmann argues that the presence of religion in public space can also be the result of a decrease in traditional political influence.

A puzzling Bias
Throughout the […]

Islam and human rights: Clash or compatibility?

Are Islam and human rights compatible? The answer to this depends on what kind of Islam and what kind of human rights we’re talking about as well as when, where and with whom. Marie Juul Petersen explores how Islam entails a multitude of different voices, interpretations and positions on human rights, promoted by different actors in different historical, social, […]

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    Humanitarian intervention: Religion as a reason for intervention

Humanitarian intervention: Religion as a reason for intervention

The Russian military intervention in Syria that began last year is supported by the Russian Orthodox Church who emphasized the “need to protect the region’s Christians”. Stefan Kroll traces the historical roots of humanitarian intervention in the name of religious minorities and their relevance for understanding intervention today.

When the Russian intervention in Syria began in the Autumn of 2015, […]