On ISIS

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Editorial commentary – MER276 Middle East Research and Information Project In early June 2014 the world was shocked by news of the fall of Mosul, the third largest…

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Political Islam, class and capital Part 1: what are its common features?

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
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By Ardeshir Mehrdad Illustration by Ardeshir Mohasses The last three decades have witnessed a relentless growth of Islamist movements, so that today political Islam is an undeniable reality…

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Islam and modernism VIII – the confused attitude of the left

Monday, November 30, 2015

By Mohammad Reza Shalguni The Marxist left must settle accounts with the traditions it has inherited. The normally conservative role played by religion, especially in the process of…

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Islam and modernism VII – Gellner’s thinly veiled historic idealism

Monday, November 30, 2015

By Mohammad Reza Shalguni Ernest Gellner is one of the most well known figures of modern sociology among Western academic circles and one of the most influential exponents of the…

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Islam and modernism VI – Is Islam open to modernity

Monday, November 30, 2015

By Mohammad Reza Shalguni There is a prevalent view of Islam that portrays it as incompatible with modernism. In its more extreme form, this  is considered the main reason for the…

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Islam and Modernism V – the myth of the inevitability of fundamentalism

Monday, November 30, 2015

By Mohammad Reza Shalguni Is fundamentalism an inevitable development of Islam? The fifth part of a eight-part series Mohammad Reza Shalguni refutes the notion that whenever confronted by modernity, Islam…

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Islam and Modernism IV – Islam and women

Monday, November 30, 2015

By Mohammad Reza Shalguni How flexible is Islam when it comes to women’s rights? The absence of rights for women in Islamic countries is usually taken as the…

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Islam and Modernism III – the myth of unadaptability

Monday, November 30, 2015

By Mohammad Reza Shalguni Like all religions Islam was born under special social circumstances, and has changed under the influence of changes in social relations.  In part three…

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ISIS: In a borderless world we cannot fight foreign wars and be safe at home

Monday, November 23, 2015

By Robert Fisk – The Independent Isis was quick to understand a truth the West must now confront: that the national borders imposed by colonial powers 100 years…

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Islam and modernism II – Islam is not a religion of warrior nomadic tribes

Monday, November 23, 2015

By Mohammad Reza Shalguni Historic evidence refutes the view that Islam is a religion of warrior nomadic tribes In second of an eight-part series Mohammad Reza Shalguni rejects the…

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Islam and modernism I – Religions and social change

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Mohammad-Reza Shalguni Islam is no more incompatible with modernisation or even modern culture than other religions There is a view that in countries where Muslims form the majority,…

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