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A warning from India for European liberals on how to manage relations with Muslim minorities
Especially since the refugee crisis, Europe has been grappling with populist reactions to the growth of Muslim minorities. Yet, despite decades of migration, native Europeans have limited experience and...
Christian NGOs and ‘indigenous cultures’: on the morphing of missionary work among a Cambodian highland minority
According to the Cambodia field director of the US-based Christian & Missionary Alliance (CMA), in an interview with this author in 2016, his organisation had...
Interfaith partnerships in the field of development: a way forward for religious pluralism in Indonesia?
Muslim-Christian interactions are growing more common in the field of development. Many of these interactions are fraught, with community activists questioning the motives of faith-based organisations (FBOs...
Religious and secular NGOs in the slums of Bangkok: why a sharp dividing line is unhelpful and mistaken
In the slums of Bangkok, children simultaneously benefit from the humanitarian assistance of Catholic, Buddhist and officially secular local and international NGOs.
Indonesian aid to Rakhine State, Myanmar: Islamic humanitarianism, soft diplomacy, and the question of inclusive aid
The current humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State, Myanmar, has inspired global sympathy for the plight of the 500,000 Muslim refugees who have been forced to flee their homes. Humanitarian sentiment towards...
Religion and NGOs: Understanding new global configurations of humanitarian, development, and ‘faith-based’ institutions
As Development Studies scholars have long argued, the rapid and remarkable growth of nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) since the Second World War has amounted to nothing less than an institutional...
Islamic education and feminist agency
In recent years, scholars interested in the study of gender issues in Muslim societies have been fascinated by one particular phenomenon: the emergence and spread of female Islamic education movements.
Exploring 15 years of Sharia implementation in northern Nigeria
In October 1999, Zamfara in the north became the first Nigerian state to reintroduce full Sharia law and by the end of 2001, 11 other northern states had followed suit.
Learning tolerance from religion
Do you believe in democracy and gender equality? Even if you and I do, not everyone everywhere does.
India's slow-brewing political storm is steadily gathering strength
When Narendra Modi was elected as head of India’s BJP government in May 2014, he was expected to usher in a period of stability and development. But midway into his term, he and his party are lurching from...
Religiosity and Muslim American attitudes towards political violence
To what extent does the religion of Islam condone or promote the justification of suicide bombings?
Refugee crisis: Syria's religious minorities must not be overlooked
As hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees continue to flee their homeland, there is a tendency to view all Syrian refugees as a homogeneous entity. They are not. Many stories are being told, but many more...
Between nation-state and ummah’s appeal: the contradictions of Islamism in contemporary India and Bangladesh
Generally, Islamists believe in the Universalist concept of Ummah (Islamic community of believers), a supranational or transnational union. The Islamists’ call for unity of the Ummah is based on the belief...