“Pluralist societies are about give and take” — Interview with Dr. Farid Esack of South Africa by Claudia Mende on German Muslims, Islam, Terrorism and more / Videos

Interview with Farid Esack: “Pluralist societies are about give and take” — by Claudia Mende on Qantara de ***** Farid Esack is a Koran scholar and Islamic liberation theologian from South Africa. He is one of the most renowned Islamic thinkers of our time. Claudia Mende spoke to him at the recent international “Horizons of…

Scholars call for laws to protect Arabic — Gulf News com

Arab countries urged to ensure that legislation related to the official language is implemented Shaikh Mohammad and Shaikh Nahyan in discussions with participants on the sidelines of at the two-day International Conference on Arabic Language at Al Bustan Hotel in Dubai. Dubai: Laws and legislations should be imposed by Arab countries to protect the Arabic…

Al Jazeera video: Head to Head – Do Arab men hate women? Mehdi Hasan challenges Eltahawy on her views regarding the status of women in Arab states.

With these five words in a controversial magazine article, Egyptian-American journalist Mona Eltahawy shot to fame, unleashing a devastating critique of women’s rights in the Arab world. In the season premiere of Head to Head , Mehdi Hasan challenges Eltahawy on her views regarding the status of women in Arab states. Are Arab or Muslim…

Frieden durch Dialog: Volkmar Klein, MdB, neues Mitglied im Kuratorium des Zentralrates Orientalischer Christen in Deutschland (In German)

Anläßlich  der Landesdelegiertenkonferenz des Evangelischen Arbeitskreises der CDU Nordrhein-Westfalen nahm Volkmar Klein das ihm angetragene Ehrenamt an. Der CDU-Bundestagsabgeordnete, der sich als Landesvorsitzender des Evangelischen Arbeitskreises (EAK) schon lange religionspolitisch engagiert, hat den Zentralrat in seiner Gründungsphase beratend und unterstützend begleitet. Klein wünschte in einem kurzen Dankeswort an die Abordnung des Zentralrates viel Erfolg für…

Oriental Christians in Germany: Providing a Diplomatic Bridge — Qantara and Deutsche Welle article by Günther Birkenstock on newly founded Central Council of Oriental Christians in Germany

A new central council of oriental Christians has been formed in Germany to raise public awareness of the problems Arab Christians are facing in conflict-ridden countries like Syria, Egypt and Iraq. Günther Birkenstock reports Around 200,000 oriental Christians live in Germany – many of them already in the second or third generation. The newly founded…

Qantara de article : Russia, the US and the Syrian Civil War A Bloody Game of Chess — by Elias Khoury (a leading contemporary Arab intellectual and chief literary editor of An-Nahar Newspaper)

Courtesy of  Qantara de The Assad regime has succeeded in turning Syria into a chess board over which Russia and the US have locked horns as the blood and tears continue to flow. The losers in this stalemate are undoubtedly the Syrian people, writes Elias Khoury in his essay Bashar al-Assad has averted the threat…

“Social work at Coffee houses Mideast” — Article by Caroline Stoneon on Saudi Aramco World about drinking coffee in middle east during 16th-century

Coffee, native to Ethiopia, was probably drunk there long before there were written records of it, both as a tea-like drink, al-qahwa al-qishriya, made from the husks of the coffee bean, and as brewed coffee made from the beans themselves, called al-qahwa al-bunniya. The beans were also often simply chewed. But the 16th-century jurist al-Jaziri…

What is happening in Saudi Arabia? — Reset Doc Org article by Liisa Liimatainen explained on her book ‘The other side of Saudi Arabia: brave women and cyber-youth’, published in Finnish

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, founded in 1932, does not have a constitution, a parliament or even written legislation. Religious and very conservative jurist-theologians decide on the destiny of the kingdom’s citizens based on their interpretation of the Koran and Islamic tradition. They represent the Hanbali school (madhhab) of religious law within Sunni Islam, linked…