Cameroon: The Threat Of Religious Radicalism – Analysis

In Cameroon, the rise of Christian revivalist (born again) and Muslim fundamentalist movements is rapidly changing the religious landscape and paving the way for religious intolerance. Fundamentalist groups’ emergence, combined with communal tensions, creates a specific risk in the North and increases competition for leadership of the Muslim community: such competition has already led to … Continue reading Cameroon: The Threat Of Religious Radicalism – Analysis

Key To Future Lies In Past: Worldview Of Erdoğan And Davutoğlu – Analysis

By Michael A. Reynolds* When Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi, or AKP) triumphed in that country’s parliamentary election in 2002, observers declared the moment a watershed. They did so for a number of reasons, but the primary one was the belief in the AKP’s potential to demonstrate the compatibility of Islam … Continue reading Key To Future Lies In Past: Worldview Of Erdoğan And Davutoğlu – Analysis

The 2015 NU Muktamar: Further Conservative Turn In Indonesian Islam? – Analysis

One key issue contested during the recent Nahdlatul Ulama congress is the debate over Islam Nusantara. However, the idea was drowned by a tussle for leadership. By Alexander Raymond Arifianto and Adri Wanto* On August 5, 2015, the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), Indonesia’s largest Muslim organisation, concluded its five-yearly National Congress (muktamar) in controversy over theology … Continue reading The 2015 NU Muktamar: Further Conservative Turn In Indonesian Islam? – Analysis

India: Catholic Church Supports Striking Workers

The Catholic Church in India is supporting some 150 million workers on a nationwide strike Sept. 2 that shut down factories, banks, traffic and government offices across India. Workers across India are upset about labor policies of the government that are detrimental to the welfare of workers, said Bishop Oswald Lewis of Jaipur, head of … Continue reading India: Catholic Church Supports Striking Workers

Pope Expands Forgiveness Process – OpEd

Pope Francis has authorized an expansion of the forgiveness process for those who have had an abortion. Traditionally, when it comes to the sin of abortion, the Sacrament of Reconciliation has been the preserve of designated members of the clergy. But when the Jubilee Year of Mercy begins December 8, all priests will be eligible … Continue reading Pope Expands Forgiveness Process – OpEd