Copts and Muslims of Egypt

“In our visual era, which images are to be trusted? Those of Tahrir Square in January and February, where Muslims and Copts displayed their brotherliness, the other was accepted, and National Union was sacred? Or, conversely, those of last October 9th, with raging six-ton armoured vehicles, mercilessly crushing and killing Coptic protesters? The images of burnt churches?” An historian glances through Egypt’s recent history . . .

Towards an “Inculturation” of Islam

“The interest with which the Catholic Church is following the dynamics of the inclusion of residents and citizens of the Muslim religion into the European context, both at individual and community levels, was confirmed during the meeting of delegates for relations with Islam from the European Bishops’ Conferences. It is a complex process not lacking in ambiguities, from which emerges the challenge – which becomes reality – of the gradual inculturation of Islam in Europe, . . .” A brief report on a conference last spring.

"Is religion the opium of the people?”

“Islam gives a structure to society and society structures itself around what Islam represents. This role changes according to the historical context and to the tensions affecting the world, but it never disappears. What is happening today in our world is precisely this, in other words a reformulation of the Islamic religious identity in relation to life’s great questions today.” More here, from Islamic scholar Khaled Fouad Allam

The paradox of a society of differences

“The plural society of the early part of the 21st century is characterised by a fundamental contradiction, namely the concurrent exaltation of cultural differences and the equality of differences. The culture of globalisation comes with the idea that we are all different, and yet all equal. . . The question then becomes, Have we really reached a point in history in which society has no distinct theological matrix, but has instead fragmented in many matrices that cannot be comparatively evaluated, or between which there can be no communication or learning?” The entire piece