For Islam and democracy |Manifesto published by Muslim intellectuals — Qantara de

***** Read article in Deutsch: Für Islam und Demokratie|Manifest muslimischer Intellektueller — Qantara de ***** Read in Arabic: ميثاق مفكرين مسلمين لتحديد معالم التفسير التقدمي للإسلام نحو إسلام ديمقراطي يوائم قيم ومتطلبات الحداثة *****   Muslim intellectuals have called on their fellow believers to indentify the failures of Muslim societies and develop an Islam for…

Turkey asserting its new economic power – Deccan Herald Com News

A core of internation-ally competitive companies is turning Turkey into a major hub. For decades, Turkey has been told it was not ready to join the European Union — that it was too backward economically to qualify for membership in the now 27-nation club. That argument may no longer hold. Today, Turkey is a fast-rising…

BBC’s December Doha debate and the follow-up article: Education is much important without freedom of speech which can be achieved by the aducated classes says Prof. Nagla Rizk

Click below link to watch the BBC video on this debate http://magic.sc-streaming.com/player/shell.asp?campaignID=553_25098 ***** Article by Prof. Nagla Rizk   Cairo – Last month I was invited to participate in The Doha Debates, a televised forum where experts debate the region’s most controversial topics, to discuss the motion: “Education is worthless without freedom of speech”. At…

Islam in Indonesia: Democratisation from Below

Source: Project Syndicate/Qantara.de ***** In Indonesia, Islamic NGOs have become the backbone of the country’s tolerant civil society. While Islamic women’s organisations are demonstrating how the Sharia can be used effectively to combat misogynist policies, Islamist parties are losing ground in elections. Alfred Stepan and Jeremy Menchik report ***** The Obama seal of approval: since…