Lessons on Pluralism: From Ashoka’s Edicts to Contemporary India — A video interview in four parts with Rajeev Bhargava on Reset Doc org

Rajeev Bhargava, a Professor at the Center for the Study of Developing Societies in New Delhi and a renowned scholar of issues concerning secularism, identity politics, constitutionalism and multiculturalism, looks at India during the 3rd century BCE to analyze the major social and intellectual transformation that took place under Ashoka’s rule. Bhargava contends that ritual…

„Religion hat keinen gewalttätigen Kern“ — Interview mit Karen Armstrong in Cicero de (In German language)

Im Namen Gottes mordeten sich die Kreuzzügler durchs Gelobte Land, im selben Namen wollen radikale Milizen einen islamischen Gottesstaat in Syrien und im Irak errichten. Die Religionswissenschaftlerin Karen Armstrong erklärt im Interview, warum heilige Kriege dennoch keine bloßen Religionskriege sind und weshalb Säkularismus Gläubige radikalisieren kann   Karen Armstrong zählt zu den weltweit renommiertesten Religionswissenschaftlern….

Multiple Secularisms: The Concept of Twin Tolerations — video interview in two parts with Alfred C. Stepan, Columbia University

Watch Part 1 – “Multiple Secularisms: The Concept of Twin Tolerations”   “What does democracy need and require from religious institutions and people? And, on the other side, what is the minimum religious people can legitimately expect from democracy?” asks Professor Alfred Stepan from Columbia University. “For democracy to function, he explains, religious individuals and…

Pluralism in Islam and the Ethics of Coexistence: Abdulaziz Sachedina talks to Elena Dini — Reset Doc org Interview

“It is not secularization pushing us to think about coexistence. We already have enough material about it in our traditions”. On October 10th, this is how Professor Abdulaziz Sachedina introduced his efforts on the roots of pluralism and coexistence within Islam to his audience at Hartford Seminary, an institution whose motto is “Exploring Differences, Deepening…

Panel discussion at UCLA: Secularism and Gender in Iran of Today – Payvand Iran News

  Sunday, March 04, 2012 at 3:00 PM 147 Dodd Hall, UCLA Abdol-Karim Lahidji: “Secular State as the Alternative to the Present State in Iran” Mehrangiz Kar: “Woman’s Body, a Symbol of Political Changes in Contemporary Iran” Granaz Mousavi: Poetry Reading Moderator: Nayereh Tohidi, Professor, California State University, Northridge Discussant: Akbar Mahdi, Professor Emeritus, Ohio…

Does Islam Tolerate Secularism?

Source: The razor org ***** The town of Kigoma sits next to the warm and deep waters of Lake Tanganyika in western Tanzania. During my year long stay at a chimpanzee research site on the lake, I would make the day long journey to town to pick up supplies. The research site, funded by the…

Islam in Bosnia: Ground-Breaking Concepts of Secularization

Islam has been practiced in Bosnia for centuries. Claudia Mende asked Armina Omerika, an expert in Islamic studies, whether the Bosnian Islamic tradition could serve as a model for the integration of Muslims in other European societies Islam was brought to Bosnia by the Ottomans in the 15th century. Today, Muslims constitute approximately 40 percent…