The Sacred and the Secular: Promoting Muslim Democracy

June 2nd, 2011, by Asef Bayat   Asef Bayat Urbana-Champaign, Illinois The presence of religion in public space challenges our ideas about the roles of faith in our lives and politics. Over the last centuries, proponents of secularization have claimed that as societies modernize, the role of religion in public and private life diminishes. For […]

Tariq Ramadan: Muslims must fight unjust laws

By: Susan Loone 11:31 am July 18, 2012 World leading contemporary Islamic philosopher and thinker Prof Tariq Ramadan has offered six principles of governance which break the stereotype that frames Muslim administrations as anti-democratic and anti-human rights.In a lecture organised by Penang Institute yesterday, Tariq listed rule of law, equal citizenship, universal suffrage, accountability, separation […]

Engaging Community beyond Dialogue

This article was written for Vantage Point July 2012 to address Christian leaders’ question on, “Leadership Styles that Work Today.” This is the great new problem of mankind. We have inherited a large house, a great “world house” in which we have to live together – black and white, Easterner and Westerner, Gentile and Jew, […]

Formation of 1Malaysia National Culture in the New Regime

Published by: Australian National University – New perspectives on Mainland Southeast Asia 30th July, 2012. As we conceive of a new regime in Malaysia, there are various ideas for a new political structure which must be articulated further.  One of these, that of a two-party political system having great potential for transforming Malaysia’s current democracy […]

Engaging Community Beyond Interfaith Dialogue (1)

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Pre-Interfaith Dialogue Initiative – Befriending Each Other Religious leaders at the Islamic Christian Summit. (AP Photo/Corrado Giambalvo) The director of Harvard Pluralism project, Professor Diana Eck asserts that global developments have brought together faith communities in new and exciting religious encounters.[1] These encounters vary in each community. What seems to be in vogue and agreed […]

War or Reconciliation (Part 4)

David L. Johnston Response to Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Tale of “Christophobia” Published by Peace Catalyst International website Last week I happened to see Newsweek’s cover article, The Global War on Christians in the Muslim World, and read it immediately. My reaction: like Ayaan Hirsi’s other writings, it is less than truthful. Most cited facts are […]

War or Reconciliation (Part 3)

Skye Jethani Response to Hirsi Ali: Why Evangelicals Must Defend Muslims  Published @ Huff Post – Column on Religion/ Islam on 12th March 2012 Some Christians get excited when they discover that I’m half Indian or that I studied Islam in college. They’ll sometimes ask me to talk about how Christianity compares to other faiths. […]