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24 Jan, 2019
By Jörg Friedrichs

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 imagination when it comes to relating to Muslim minorities. Europeans must look far back in time to the Al-Andalus period of medieval Spain, or to the Balkans, for European examples of Muslims and non-Muslims having shared the same space for centuries.

The record is distressing. Muslims in Spain eventually had to leave or convert to Christianity in the early modern period.

By
Catherine Scheer
01 Mar, 2018

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...

By
Emre Eren Korkmaz
Samentha Goethals
27 Feb, 2018

Examining human rights protections for Syrian refugees in Turkish garment supply chains

It is estimated that of the 3.4 million Syrian refugees registered in Turkey, 650,000 have found work in the manufacturing sector, which includes the thriving leather-textile-garment industry. Most of them...

By
Gustav Brown
22 Feb, 2018

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...

By
Alexander Betts
20 Feb, 2018

Kenyan study sheds new light on gap between refugees and host communities

Refugees are increasingly regarded as a development issue, rather than simply a focus for humanitarian aid. This reflects the fact that 84% of the world’s refugees are in...

By
Giuseppe Bolotta
12 Feb, 2018

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.

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08 Feb, 2018

A reflection on ‘child work’ and its measurement over the life cycle

While many would agree that addressing the issue of child work is of high importance, the consensus on how to appropriately define children in work is not always clear. Already difficult to outline for the...

By
Amelia Fauzia
31 Jan, 2018

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...

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29 Jan, 2018

Punishment won't stop teenage pregnancies in Tanzania because 'bad behaviour' isn't the cause

In Tanzania, if you’re a schoolgirl and fall pregnant, it could mean the end of your education. Even though successive governments have made a push for girls education, those that fall pregnant are...

By
Emre Eren Korkmaz
24 Jan, 2018

Blockchain for refugees: great hopes, deep concerns

Blockchain has been much in the news lately thanks to the speculative cryptocurrency market. It is increasingly being touted as something of a magic bullet in a whole range of disciplines, and has been put...

By
R Michael Feener
Philip Fountain
21 Jan, 2018

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...

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