The World’s Muslims: Unity and Diversity – The Pew Forum org’s survey, which involved more than 38,000 face-to-face interviews in over 80 languages

POLL August 9, 2012 Executive Summary Navigate this page: Sectarian Differences Differing Views on Orthodoxy Core Beliefs Unifying Rituals One Faith, Different Levels of Commitment Generational Differences in Religious Commitment Women and Men Similar, Except in Mosque Attendance Sectarian Differences Vary in Importance Views of Other Groups About the Report The world’s 1.6 billion Muslims…

Free Will in Ismaili Shi’ism and Free Will in Twelver Shi’ism – By Farhad Daftary and Faquir M. Hunzai published in Amaana org

Editor’s Note: Two articles are presented here for ease of comparison. Free will versus predestination was an important theological debate, with political implications, in Muslim society dating back to Omayyad times.(…) “snip” (…) In the era of Islam, the required authoritative guidance in religion would be provided initially by the Prophet Moḥammad, and then by…

"I am a Christian," "I am a Sunni," or "I am a Shiite." I hold the view that such boundaries are not compatible with true faith – Palestinian Pastor Mitri Raheb in Qantara de interview

An Interview with the Palestinian Pastor Mitri Raheb: ”A closed off Islam is more dangerous for Muslims than for Christians” ***** Mitri Raheb is the founder of the Diyar Consortium, which has made a significant contribution to interreligious dialogue and culture as a means of promoting mutual understanding. Muhannad Hamed spoke with the pastor in…

Ismaili Community: History – The Institute of Ismaili Studies article

Ismaili Community: History ***** Download PDF version of this article (33 KB)   The Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, generally known as the Ismailis, belong to the Shia branch of Islam. The Shia form one of the two major branches of Islam, the Sunni being the other. The Ismailis live in over 25 different countries, mainly…

Guide: Syria’s diverse minorities – BBC News

 Christians have enjoyed religious freedom in Syria but face an uncertain future The anti-government uprising in Syria is widely understood to be staged and supported by members of the majority Sunni Muslim population, with lesser representation from other religions. There is a fear that the unrest – which began in March 2011 as part of…

A Brief Discussion on Avicenna’s Madhab – Compiled by Simerg

Oil painting by a Neapolitan painter, 17th century, of an Arabic man of learning, presumably Avicenna, who is seen holding a snake over a book of herbal recipes. Photo: Wellcome Library, London. Copyright.  Just as Arabs, Turks and Persians all like to claim Avicenna as their own, the Ismailis like to consider him to be…