Category: Religion

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Noam Chomsky: Burkini Bans, New Atheism and State Worship

Interview on religion and its link to politics, with particular reference to American society and the Israeli/Palestinian conflict

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Richard Falk: Beyond Jewish Identity: Exceptionalism Revisited

Living part of each year in Turkey for more than twenty years has led my to think about the secular/religious divide that is very deep in Turkish society, and produces cleavages of understanding and polarizing enmities

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Juan Cole: The Idea of Peace in the Qur’an

In contemporary debates on the roots of Muslim radicalism and the character of the religion, it is important to go back to the Muslim scripture or Qur’an (sometimes spelled Koran). Like the Bible, the Qur’an has verses about war as well as peace, but those on peace have been insufficiently appreciated. The Qur’an is believed Read more…

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Robert Fisk: We love to talk of terror – but after the Munich shooting, this hypocritical catch-all term has finally caught us out

It all comes down to the same thing in the end. If Muslims attack us, they are terrorists. If non-Muslims attack us, they are shooters. If Muslims attack other Muslims, they are attackers

Jeff Faux: Orlando and the War

The massacre in Orlando triggered a predictable sandstorm of political and pundit opinion on the causes and prevention of these horrible events

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John Feffer: Orlando and the Future of Terrorism

It’s tempting to use a harsh epithet like “terrorism” to describe the actions in Orlando. Perhaps “mass hate crime” would be more accurate

Nicole Colson: Don’t turn homophobia into Islamophobia

A report on the outpouring of solidarity for the victims of a horrific mass shooting–and the need to challenge the tide of racist scapegoating of Muslims

Fawzia Afzal-Khan: The Greatest Counterpuncher Remembered: Can His Legacy Live On?

For Pakistanis of my generation who came of age in the 1970s, Muhammad Ali was someone we loved also and importantly because he represented Islam beyond our own parochial borders

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Juan Cole: Sufi Boxer Muhammad Ali’s last fight was against Extremism & Politicians’ Islamophobia

Boxer Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Marcellus Clay in Louisville, Kentucky, on 17 January 1942, is dead at 74

John Dear: The Life And Death of Daniel Berrigan

Rev. Daniel Berrigan, the renowned anti-war activist, award-winning poet, author and Jesuit priest, who inspired religious opposition to the Vietnam war and later the U.S. nuclear weapons industry, died at age 94, just a week shy of his 95th birthday

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