4 facts about religion in New Zealand — PEW Research Center

New Zealand’s small but growing Muslim population is in the news of late after a terrorist attack left 50 dead and dozens injured at two mosques in Christchurch last week. Many have expressed shock that these attacks could occur in New Zealand, where crime rates are low, mass shootings are rare and people are largely…

An interview with Dr Karen Armstrong: ‘The Golden Rule and Religion’ — by Sahil Baduddin on the Ismaili

The.Ismaili brings you Sahil Badruddin’s interview with Karen Armstrong, an internationally acclaimed scholar and bestselling author of numerous books on religion. She won the 2008 TED Prize launching The Charter for Compassion, which has over two million signatories. She discussed her insights on compassion, the Golden Rule, nationalism, materialism, cosmopolitan ethics, religious literacy, the future…

Merkel at International Peace Meeting: "Religions have a mandate to work for peace" | Sant’Egidio peace meeting in Münster and Osnabrück | Video

“Dialogue between religions is possible as well as necessary,” Chancellor Merkel said at the Sant’Egidio International Peace Meeting. There was never any justification for war and violence in the name of any religion, even if some groups invoked religious grounds for them, she added. “We all share responsibility for peace in the world,” said Merkel,…

“Using the power of religions to foster peace” — German Foreign Ministry |Over 100 representatives of many different faith communities from 53 countries met in Berlin

The Federal Foreign Office wants to work more closely with faith communities. A conference in Berlin today marked the start of this initiative. Foreign Minister Gabriel invited religious leaders from all over the world to the Federal Foreign Office on Monday (22 May). Over 100 representatives of many different faith communities from 53 countries travelled…

In Secular Germany Religions must organise on State Standards which are tailored toward the structures of Christian religion writes Alexander Goerlach

 “Islam in Germany- A poor second”  — A commentary by Alexander Goerlach on  Qantara de Germany is a secular country, but the German legal framework approves of institutionalised religions in a biased way. The religions must organise themselves according to state standards and those standards are tailored toward the structures of the Christian religion. A…

How Religion Fuels Conflict — Quadriga Talk show on Deutsche Welle

Talk: How Religion Fuels Conflict | Quadriga   Published on 27 Jun 2014 Opposing religious beliefs often stand behind the parties in an armed conflict. In some Arab countries we are seeing violence between Shia and Sunni Muslims, and in sub-Saharan Africa, Christians and Muslims are killing each other. But religious differences are rarely the…

Open dialogue on thorny issues: The "Muslim Associations as Community Activists" project — Article by Claudia Mende on two German Institute’s latest initiated project

Read article in Deutsch (German) In der Mitte der Gesellschaft: Muslimische Gemeinden als kommunale Akteure — Qantara de  ***** Beyond all the intellectual debates about their religion, most Muslims in Germany face difficulties in their everyday lives that they would dearly like to solve. The Goethe-Institut, in co-operation with the Robert Bosch Stiftung, has initiated…

‘Learning to Deal with Diversity:’ Interview with the Migration Expert Rita Süssmuth, conducted by Annika Zeitler — Deutsche Welle / Qantara de

If Europe’s immigration policy is not changed in the coming years, the continent’s population will start to shrink dramatically in 2025. Annika Zeitler spoke to the German migration expert and former President of the Bundestag, Rita Süssmuth Artikel in Deutsch- German: Interview mit der Migrationsexpertin Rita Süssmuth – “Mit Vielfalt umgehen lernen” The refugee tragedy…