The subject of the Islamic Caliphate elicits intense emotions and reactions. On the one hand Western elites have a propensity to reduce the subject to a debate on extremism and radicalisation, and on the other they dismiss it altogether as an impractical dream pursued by eccentric ideologues.
India: a village where Hindu girls wear the sacred thread
In a tradition that is more than four decades old, girls in a Bihar village wear the janeu or the sacred thread, which is otherwise the preserve of men or boys.
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Islamic movements: the Muslim Brotherhood – in eclipse or in transformation?
The forceful removal of Mohammad Morsi and the crushing defeat inflicted on the Muslim Brotherhood is likely to have far-reaching national, regional and international repercussions, explains Mahan Abedin. This analytical report examines the impact of the Muslim Brotherhood’s crushing defeat on the group’s ideology and methodology against the backdrop of wider political, geopolitical and socio-economic developments.
Mahan Abedin is an academic and journalist specialising in Islamic affairs.
China: when will five-fold state-backed religious monopoly end?
The official monopoly over all religious activity by communities of the five state-backed religious headquarter bodies is gradually being eroded. The following report provides an overview of the current situation and developments.
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China: Catholicism’s social and political impact strong in Hong Kong, weaker in other cities in Greater China
Catholicism has been growing and providing social services in greater China, but the church’s role in encouraging and engaging in social activism and political participation varies in this region according to political and cultural factors, according to a new study by Chinese sociologists.
Evangelicals: Christian movement seeking to convert Confucian fathers to sensitive family men
A Korean Christian-based movement that serves as a “boot camp” to teach men how to be compassionate and involved fathers is growing around the world, particularly among immigrants.
Azerbaijan: Elshan Mustafaoglu and Menevi Saflig Devet – a portrait of Islamic social activism in Baku
Menevi Saflig Devet and similar associations are among some of the most outspoken religious actors in Azerbaijan and certainly have an impact in the formation and evolution of public opinion. Through the use of various strategies and networks, they have positioned themselves in an increasingly fluid and contested religious space in which a practising population segment can be found.
Apocalypticism: experiment finds believers forego economic incentives in their end times beliefs
Are contemporary believers in prophecies about the end of the world sincere enough to refuse monetary rewards if they conflict with their expectations?
India: Muslim parties echo minority aspirations
Six decades after India’s partition made Muslim politics a dirty word, parties founded by Muslims to espouse the cause of the country’s largest minority are again making a mark.
(With inputs from Gaurav Sharma, Sheikh Qayoom, Jaideep Sarin, Anil Sharma, Mohit Dubey, Imran Khan, Sirshendu Panth, Jatindra Dash, Quaid Najmi, Fakir Balaji, Mohammed Shafeeq, V. Jagannathan, Mayabhushan Nagvenkar and Sanu George.)
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India: tithing translates into financial planning for Dalit Christians
The Christian practices of tithing and fasting may be a factor in bolstering the level of prosperity for poor people, according to a recent study of Dalit Indians conducted by Rebecca Shah of Georgetown University.
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