Aziz Al-Azmeh in conversation Part 1: political Islams, modernities and conservative-populist ideologies

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

This is the first part of a three-part conversation carried out with the Syrian academic Aziz Al-Azmeh. Here Aziz Al-Azmeh addresses the relation of contemporary political islams and…

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Women: Middle East ranks ‘last’ on gender equality

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The New Arab. Women in the Middle East have faced patriarchal prejudice and deeply-rooted discrimination in efforts to bridge the gender chasm and improve female participation in public…

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Political Islam, class and capital. Part 2: Manifestation of centre-periphery crisis

Thursday, April 7, 2016
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Ardeshir Mehrdad Illustration by Ardeshir Mohassess Despite claims to the contrary, political Islam is a child of late capitalism, growing where capitalist development is more advanced. There are…

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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 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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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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