Tag Archives: Religion

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 …

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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, …

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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, …

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Nigeria at 61: A giant with challenging crises amid opportunities

Nigeria’s Prime Minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, leader of the Northern region, Ahmadu Bello and the Governor General, Nnamdi Azikiwe, at the celebration of Nigeria’s independence, on October 1, 1960. Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images) Terhemba Wuam, Kaduna State University As Nigeria marks its 61st anniversary of independence, its citizens are stuck in a general anomie of despondency. This is as a …

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Lebanon’s crisis has gone from bad to worse. But is anyone listening?

Tony Walker, La Trobe University In the midst of a pandemic that has wrenched the world off its axis, Lebanon’s precipitous decline has not received the attention it deserves given the country’s strategic importance. Bordering Syria to its north and east, and Israel to its south, Lebanon occupies a critical space in the Eastern Mediterranean. Its collapse would risk spilling …

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¿Qué es el ISIS-K?

El ISIS-K, afiliado al grupo Estado Islámico, ha reivindicado la autoría del atentado de Kabul. Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images Amira Jadoon, United States Military Academy West Point and Andrew Mines, George Washington University Un atentado contra una multitud reunida a las afueras del aeropuerto de Kabul el 26 de agosto de 2021 ha dejado al menos 60 muertos, entre ellos al …

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China: removing ‘Arab-style’ features from country’s biggest mosques the latest move in campaign of Muslim assimilation

Islamic landmark in China: the Dongguan mosque in Xining, the capital of Qinghai province, western China. David Stroup, Author provided David R. Stroup, University of Manchester In the normally quiet city of Xining, capital of northwest China’s Qinghai province, everyday interactions between the city’s ethnic groups – Han Chinese, Hui Muslim, Tibetans, Turkic Salars and others – usually pass without …

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Hossam Metwally case: how exorcism can become a cover for domestic abuse

Tinnakorn jorruang/Shutterstock Helen Hall, Nottingham Trent University The sentencing of Hossam Metwally for poisoning his partner, Kelly Wilson, in a series of “exorcisms” was always likely to attract attention. The former NHS anaesthetist from Grimsby in the east of England has been jailed for 14 and a half years for what a judge described as “entirely bogus” rituals. Metwally told …

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Dante, siete siglos de literatura popular

Beatrice dirigiéndose a Dante. William Blake / Tate Gallery, CC BY-NC-ND Juan Varela-Portas de Orduña, Universidad Complutense de Madrid Las dos preguntas más frecuentes que en este séptimo centenario nos están haciendo a quienes estudiamos a Dante son por qué se lee a Dante y por qué leer a Dante. Las dos parten de la idea, sin duda correcta, de …

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