Tag Archives: Religion

Moon Knight – an Egyptologist on how the series gets the gods right

Khonshu the moon God takes centre stage in Marvel’s Moon Knight. Marvel/Disney Claire Gilmour, University of Bristol Marvel’s Moon Knight follows Steven Grant who, despite living quietly as a museum gift shop employee, finds himself drawn into the strange world of Egyptian gods. He discovers that he has other personalities – mainly Marc Spector, a human vessel who is being …

Read More »

Jihadism and coups in West Africa’s Sahel region: a complex relationship

Armed and Security Forces of Mali servicemen stand guard on a military vehicle. Stephane De Sakutin/AFP via Getty Images Folahanmi Aina, King’s College London The political instability and insecurity in some Sahelian states in West Africa has led to the capture of political power by their military in recent times. Chad, Burkina Faso and Mali have all experienced coups. One …

Read More »

La guerre comme expérience sensible : les motifs existentialistes du djihad

Romain Huët, Université de Rennes 2 Ce texte est issu d’une série de séjours ethnographiques de plusieurs mois au sein de brigades de combattants en Syrie (2012, 2014) puis en Irak (2017). Ces recherches sont en cours et visent essentiellement à approcher la quotidienneté des combattants pour comprendre leurs trajectoires biographiques, leurs rapports ordinaires au monde, à autrui et à …

Read More »

Débat : Sainte-Sophie transformée en mosquée : comment sortir de l’impasse politico-religieuse ?

La basilique Sainte Sophie, aquarelle, 1893. Wikipedia/Divdaniel, CC BY-SA Antoine Arjakovsky, Collège des Bernardins Ce vendredi 24 juillet, le gouvernement turc a ouvert aux prières musulmanes l’ancienne cathédrale Sainte-Sophie d’Istanbul. Le patriarche œcuménique de Constantinople Bartholomée a vigoureusement condamné cette décision. Pour lui cette transformation de la basilique-musée en mosquée risque de tourner le monde chrétien contre l’islam. Le Conseil œcuménique …

Read More »

Les paris du pape François en Irak

Blandine Chelini-Pont, Aix-Marseille Université (AMU) Malgré la montée, depuis deux semaines, des tensions entre l’Iran et les États-Unis – un conflit dont l’Irak reste un terrain majeur – et malgré l’escalade des violences intérieures, notamment dans la province de Dhi Qar, où le pouvoir réprime la contestation, le voyage pastoral et diplomatique du pape François entre les 5 et 8 mars …

Read More »

Young Muslim women are leading environmental movements grounded in their beliefs

Jana Jandal Alirifai, a 17-year-old Syrian Canadian and coordinator for Climate Strike Canada, participated as a Syrian delegate in the MockCOP26. (Tahmina Aziz), Author provided Memona Hossain, University of Toronto Weeks prior to the lockdowns and closures that came with the COVID-19 pandemic, UN Secretary General António Guterres said 2020 would be a “pivotal year for how we address climate …

Read More »

What capitalism can learn from the religions of the world

The answers are there if you look for them. Yogendra Singh, CC BY-SA Atul K. Shah, City, University of London It may be the season for peace on Earth and goodwill to all men, but you don’t have to look very far in the financial pages to find stories about businesses doing exactly the opposite. NatWest, for example, has just …

Read More »

Bringing people of different faiths together to solve the world’s problems is a noble goal – but it’s hard to know what it achieves

Wall art of Indian Hindu and Muslim hugging each other in religious tolerance and harmony. Reddees/Shutterstock Katherine O’Lone, University of Cambridge and Julian Hargreaves, University of Cambridge An estimated 84% of the global population identifies with a religion. This is over 6.5 billion people. Among thousands of world religions, Christianity is the largest, with 2.3 billion followers. The second, and …

Read More »

Why Somali clan elders could hold the key to opening dialogue with Al-Shabaab

Ali Mohamed Gedi (left), then Somali prime minister, speaks during a meeting with clan elders to discuss the surrender of weapons from the Mogadishu community in 2006. Peter Delarue/AFP via Getty Images Mohammed Ibrahim Shire, University of Portsmouth The Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Shabaab insurgent group and the Somali government have remained locked in a violent stalemate for years. Other than lives lost, …

Read More »

Al-Shabaab: why women join the Islamist militant group – podcast

Lamu in coastal Kenya is an area where women and girls have been recuited by Al-Shabaab. Eric Lafforgue/Alamy Stock Photo Daniel Merino, The Conversation and Gemma Ware, The Conversation The Conversation Weekly podcast is taking a short break in August. For the next few weeks, we’ll be bringing you extended versions of some of our favourite recent interviews. This week, …

Read More »