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Islamic theology: “We must be pioneers of change”.

Misleading interpretation of the Koran may lead to violence. The commitment of Muslim women theologians and the search for the common good. We spoke with Shahrzad Houshmand, a Muslim theologian of Iranian origins, professor of Islamic studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Boko Haram in Nigeria, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria,…

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Islam: Between tradition and modernity

Muslims in the world are currently more than one and a half billion, the majority of whom are not Arabs, and not all Arabs are Muslims, even if Islam sinks its roots in the culture and history of Arabs. The Arabia land was, in fact, the place where Islam started in the seventh century AD.…

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The challenge of modernity

Modernity is an issue that involves all cultures and religions. It is a mandatory step which doctrines of all religions have to deal with. It implies a deep review of history, culture and religion. The debate between science and faith is expected to continue in the future. The fundamentalist guidelines within modern Islam, can be…

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Muslim belief and worship

The longest list of articles regarding the Islamic faith in the Koran, is in Surah 2, verse 177 ,’Faith is Belief in God, Belief in His Angels, Belief in His Books, Belief in His Prophets and Messengers, Belief in the Day of Judgment, Belief in God’s Divine Decree. The theological debate, which can sometimes have…

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Caliphate, sharia, jihad

The institutions of any religious belief, are expressions of faith and fulfill the task of passing down their religion’s belief across generations. The Sunni Islam (followed by 90% of Muslims) has no clergy, nor specific hierarchies. The figure of the caliph (literally, “vicar” of the prophet) was important in the first six centuries, especially in…

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For a true and sincere dialogue with islam

Dialogue with Islam represents a special challenge for all those who want to engage in inter-religious dialogue. Father Joseph Scattolin, a Comboni missionary, underlines three fields which are important for a dialogue between Christianity and Islam. In the dialogue between Christianity and Islam, it is first of all important to have a rational investigation. History…

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Art – Islamic vibes

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  Art – Islamic vibes  The Louvre, a museum which has been a beacon for art lovers for centuries (it opened in 1793 and today has more than 35.000 objects on display) has had a Muslim Art section since 1893. The collection grew in time and occupied different areas of the large museum and changed…

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Minorities – Revolution’s backlash?

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  Tunisia has always been a crossroad of cultures. The Arab-Muslim identity of many Tunisians cannot hide the Berber culture surviving beneath it, and now battling to acquire official status. Other minorities are equally part and parcel of the Tunisian landscape: Jews, Italians (especially Sicilians), and French communities have been present in the country for…

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Fundamentalisms

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Boko Haram is an offshoot of Yan Tatsine, a movement active in Kano State in the 1980s under the leadership of Mohammed Marwa, an Islamic scholar who migrated to Nigeria from Cameroon in 1945. Once in Kano, capital of the State by the same name, Marwa became a fanatic, fixated with the idea of purify…

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Advocacy

A Museum for advocacy?

A Museum can surely be an action of advocacy, if it provides awareness towards empowerment. The National Museum of African American History and Culture that ex…

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Baobab

Why the sea is salty.

Long ago, the sea was not salty. People got their salt from the mountain of salt across the sea. One day, the people in the village…

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Youth & Mission

Bennie was the wrong person, in the wrong place at…

Bennie had a thin, hollow face, the picture of malnutrition at 22 years of age, he had never been to school for more than a few…

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