The 2010 Summer Programme. Expressions of Diversity: An Introduction to Muslim Cultures

General Overview This Summer Programme offers an opportunity to explore the rich historical and contemporary diversities within Muslim societies and cultures. The Programme is a joint production of the Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures (Simon Fraser University) and the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (Aga Khan University).  It…

Jews, Christians, and Muslims: Allies for Peace – Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian Walt (Adapted from a talk given to a meeting of Christian leaders at the Carter Center for Human Rights, Atlanta, Georgia May 2009) Have you but one blessing? Bless me too my Father! (Gen. 26:38) Jews, Christians, and Muslims are often bitter antagonists on several different issues but especially in relationship to the…

We Have ‘Justice in Common Christian and Muslim’ – Voices from Asia and Africa

Sankt Augustin, Feb. 24, 2010 Ed.: Christian W. Troll SJ, Helmut Reifeld, C.T.R. Hewer (Ed.); Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V., ISBN 978-3-941904-24-8 In this book the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung publishes the results of a conference on the “Common Word” dialogue. Therewith the KAS pursues two purposes: firstly, to bring together multipliers from Sub-Saharan Africa as well as South and Southeast…

José Casanova: “Europe’s Fear of Religion” Secularism on the Test-Bed

The sociologist José Casanova confronts the paradigm that secularisation is a prerequisite for open and tolerant societies. In Europas Angst vor der Religion (Europe’s Fear of Religion) he calls for an end to the strict division between faith and politics. A review by Lewis Gropp Arguments for the anti-democratic potential of secularism: José Casanova, world-renowned…

Islam: Empire of Faith. Part 1,2 & 3: Prophet Muhammad and rise of Islam (full; PBS Documentary)

Part 1 of the famous PBS Documentary “Islam: Empire of faith” produced in 2000.http://www.pbs.org/empires/islam/film.htmlThis part is about the Ras… more about “Islam: Empire of Faith. Part 1: Proph…“, posted with vodpod Part 2 of the famous PBS Documentary “Islam: Empire of faith” produced in 2000.http://www.pbs.org/empires/islam/film.htmlThis part is about the Awa… more about “Islam: Empire of…

Faith-based communities unite to save Toronto neighbourhood food bank

A recent HungerCount study conducted by Food Banks Canada reported an alarming 20 per cent increase in the number of Canadians turning to food banks in the past year. Weighed down by the recession, the institutions are struggling to meet increased demand across the country as food and cash donations become scarce. For years, the…

“Islam Is a Faith of Reason” – SPIEGEL Interview with Aga Khan 10/12/2006

Karim Aga Khan IV, descendant of the prophet Muhammad and spiritual leader of 20 million Ismaili Muslims, discusses the foundations of his faith, the controversy over SPIEGEL Interview with Aga Khan the pope’s recent statements about Islam and ways of preventing a global clash between religions. Getty Images Karim Aga Khan IV: “Nobody will ever…

Cologne’s Religious Conflict: Getting Catholics and Muslims To Cooperate

By Juliane von Mittelstaedt Cologne is home to large number of Christians and Muslims as well as controversial plans to build a mosque that will be Germany’s biggest. While some fear an Islamic incursion, others in the Catholic-dominated city are donating Sunday’s collection to the mosque building project. If there was a religious conflict in…