The Saudi state manipulates religious discourse to legitimize its power and undermine independent voices that may pressure the state for political reform.
The rise in Salafi militancy in Lebanon is not only due to the spillover of the Syrian war, but also to the Sunni elite’s failure at tackling the grievances of their co-religionists.
Karnataka offers an alternative model state based not only on growth, but also on the closing of social and religious gaps, in contrast to the socio-economic, caste, and communal polarization which prevail in western and northern India.
The recent contestation of Rahul Gandhi’s religious identity highlights the challenge in India today to recover the secularism of Nehru and Gandhi, for whom the assertion of one’s Hindu identity did not imply an anti-Muslim or anti-Christian attitude.
Many efforts to provide counter-narratives for Salafi-jihadism are currently failing to address extremists’ abuse of religious scripture directly.
A comparison of Islam in Arabia and in South Asia and how these versions of the religion interact through the vectors of trade, politics, and migration.
Demonstrations continue across Iran, but there are notable differences from the 2009 protests that rocked the country.
Egypt’s religious institutions are competing for authority and trying to secure their positions in the religious public space.
Europeans have the power and the means to influence events in the Middle East peace process. They must take the initiative and act now.
The ideas of religious moderation and social modernization have been steadily pushed on the defensive in the four decades since 1979. Any effort to reverse 1979, therefore, must be welcomed in the Subcontinent.