The late Egyptian philosopher has reshaped Islamic theology, challenged Western thinking and called to fight injustice. Mohammed Hashas draws his profile.
- Why were the moderate Islamists of PJD ousted from power, and how can that change Morocco’s political scenario?
- The great Arab scholar passed away last week. Together with other philosophers, especially Laroui and al-Jabri, he provided a major contribution to framing modernity as a human achievement to which Arab tradition could countribute.
- Women, religion, economic growth: prince Bin Salman’s reform programme proceeds, bringing relief to part of the society, but also many questions.
- The author of “Reopening Muslim Minds” discusses his call to fellow Mulsims across the world to rediscover that distinctive cosmopolitan approach which once made Islam great.
- How has Islam reacted to the thoretical and practical challenges posed by the pandemic which has disrupted world societies for a year?
- Prof. Jocelyne Cesari assesses the complex intertwining of nation and religion in the Jewish state and in the most prominent “Eurasian” Muslim country.
- The terrorist murder of French professor Samuel Paty in the Paris suburb in autumn 2020 has re-opened a debate concerning the liberty of teaching, freedom of expression and the role of secularism in a pluralist society. What is the specific nature of French laïcité? To what extent is there a growing confrontation with a part of the Muslim world? Why has this provoked a diplomatic incident between France and Turkey, and more broadly the boycott of French products in many Muslim countries? The on-going ideological debate concerning the role of religion in a secular society, has shown both its local and international implications, where many different actors use it for various strategic purposes. This dossier on the one hand will discuss the boundaries, the origins and the contemporary effects of freedom of expression and laïcité comparing the French, the Western and the Muslim contexts. On the other hand, it will analyse the geopolitical, local and international stakes of this debate.
- France, just like the rest of Europe, has changed so much since 1905 that socio-political pressures to review the relation between State and religions has become a must. The bill recently put forward by its government aims at a global reform that would, if passed, directly impact freedom of worship, claims Philippe Portier.