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[The text was written as a chapter for Freedom of Belief and Christian Mission, Edited by Hans Aage Gravaas, Christof Sauer, Tormod Engelsviken, Maqsood Kamil and Knud Jørgensen. Regnum Edinburgh Centenary Series, Vol.
Regardless of how the political situations in Lebanon and Iraq may end, there is no doubt that the movements occurring there have come to represent an important transition in the consciousness of their citizens.  They have come to question the competency of confessional forms of governance that...
Russian intern Yana Kabirova interned with the Center for Arab-West Understanding between December 10 and December 31, 2018. Her chief interest was in extremism in the Muslim world and thus we introduced her to Professor Abdallah Schleifer, a prominent Middle East expert, chief editor of The Muslim...
“You do not deserve freedom and justice, if you deny them for your opponents, and if you do not strive to grant them the full rights of citizenship, so be sure that no one will strive for yours, unless you experience the bitter taste of being segregated. Freedom, justice and equality are rights...
Political and social theorist Sir Isaiah Berlin famously compared nationalism to a ‘bent twig’, ‘forced down so severely that when released, it lashed back wit
U.S. ambassador in Cairo Anne Patterson met on Wednesday (October 10) with Coptic activists who spoke to her about the status of religious minorities in Egypt under President Muhammad Mursī, a few days after her meeting with Egyptian Shiite leaders who told her they applied for the Dutch...
Muhammad Mukhtār Jum’ah, Minister of Endowments, decided to refer the Azharite attire in Iraq, Shaykh Faraj Allah al- Shāzilī, for investigation for making the call for prayers in the Shi’ite way which contradicts with the call of Sunnah.
Shī’ite and Sufī leaders rejected the Constituent Assembly, stating that it does not reflect the whole Egyptian society. Sufī leaders affirmed that they and the Shī’ite community are not properly represented in the commission and they are worried about being excluded from the Constitution. Sufī...
Salafi preacher, Walīd Isma’il, coordinator of the Coalition of Defense of the Companions and Family of Prophet, has revealed that a new husayniah (Shi’ite mosque) is being constructed [Salafis are strongly opposed to Shi’ites].

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