Democratic Shārīe‘ā vs. corrupted Shārīe‘ā: The morality police of Iran
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by Flora Rustamova
23h ago
Osama bin Laden, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar have all issued famous fatwas. So how should we think about different interpretations of morality? In this article, the first of two parts, Mohamed Arafa analyses different sources of moral authority in Islam, illustrating the debate with examples from scholars, historians, and jurists ..read more
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The intersection of Benedict Anderson’s “Imagined Communities” and Hindu Nationalism in India
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by Flora Rustamova
2w ago
As India gets ready for its general elections this spring, attention is drawn to the role of religion and nationalism in campaign politics. This article puts Partha Chatterjee’s critiques in conversation with Benedict Anderson’s theory of imagined communities, with Hindu nationalism as an ideal site of analysis. One of the foremost experts on nationalism, Benedict ..read more
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Book review: Governing Religious Diversity in Global Comparative Perspective
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by Flora Rustamova
2w ago
“A powerful tool for reflecting on the role of secular liberal governance in a world increasingly defined by religious diversity” — a review of Governing Religious Diversity in Global Comparative Perspective, edited by Tariq Modood and Thomas Sealy (2024) Routledge. Governing Religious Diversity in Global Comparative Perspective, edited by Tariq Modood and Thomas Sealy, provides a timely and ..read more
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Secular vs. religious violence: The epistemic violence of colonisation 
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by Flora Rustamova
2M ago
Syed Hammaad Mehraj brings a critical lens to international relations, looking at how colonialism affects minds and bodies. In this article, he outlines the arguments against both the secular and Christian foundations of the Enlightenment, and what this says about modern attitudes to violence.  In his thought-provoking book, The Intimate Enemy, the political psychologist Ashis ..read more
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The secularisation of Martin Luther King
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by Flora Rustamova
2M ago
Revd Dr Martin Luther King Jr. was a minister and activist. Why do we often detach Martin Luther King Jr’s activist work from his theological roots? In this article, Jon Kuhrt looks at the contemporary tendency to secularise elements of history. Martin Luther King remains a hero to a wide range of people. But alongside the ..read more
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Faith, democracy, and politics in Indonesia: Explaining the lack of Islamic mobilisation in 2024
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by Flora Rustamova
2M ago
Next week we’ll see presidential and parliamentary elections in the world’s largest Muslim nation. In this article, Chris Chaplin and Syarifuddin Jurdi analyse the evolving role of Islamic identities and religious rhetoric in political and community campaigns in Indonesia. This month, Indonesians will head to the polls for the fifth consecutive presidential and sixth consecutive ..read more
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Modern “Derry Girls”: How Teens Navigate Polarisation in a Post-Conflict Society
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by Flora Rustamova
2M ago
Catholics are poor and Protestants keep their toasters in the cupboard? What else can we learn from Derry Girls about polarised identities and the impact of a long history of conflict? Bethany Corbett and Jocelyn Dautel have some answers for us. What can we learn from the hit show, Derry Girls? (If you have not seen ..read more
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Hindutva is at war with secular democracy in India
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by Flora Rustamova
2M ago
Indian president Narendra Modi recently consecrated a Hindu shrine in Ayodhya at a site with a contested religious history. Amit Singh takes a look at the secular foundations of India and how this clashes with Modi’s Hindutva. Religion can be easily manipulated by political leaders and religious extremist organisations to demonise and alienate religious minorities ..read more
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The problems of banning Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain
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by Flora Rustamova
2M ago
After years of discussions, the UK government has now designated Hizb ut-Tahrir, an Islamic activist group, as a proscribed terrorist organisation. It’s a controversial decision which has led to renewed critiques of the UK’s counterterrorism approach. Today we have an analysis by Dr Richard McNeil-Willson, whose research focuses on counter-extremism and Hizb ut-Tahrir in Britain ..read more
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Covenantal pluralism and religious literacy in Morocco
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by Flora Rustamova
2M ago
As part of our series on covenantal pluralism, Chris PreJean looks at the situation in Morocco today. In this piece, Chris asks, how does a Muslim-majority state identifying as a constitutional monarchy integrate Christian religious minorities into its policies of pluralism, when its constitution only recognises Islam and Judaism? Morocco might seem to be an ..read more
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