Present day Homosexuality – What kind of a challenge to a Muslim ?

Mohammed Belal EL-MOGADDEDI The following does not by any measure claim to constitute a scientific attempt to articulate Islamic viewpoints – based on the Quran and the Sunnah – regarding same-sex-sexuality between two adults, commonly known as gay, lesbian relationships or homosexual relationships.Furthermore, it is also not a reflection on the different theories, which exist

Pondering over 2011

Tariq RAMADAN It was a strange year, full of unexpected events. The world is changing quickly. For centuries and decades there has been talk of the “world order,” the “global economic system,” the “relationships (clashes or alliances) between (organised and structured) civilizations.” But are these ways of looking at and describing the world still relevant?

Speaking about modern challenges : Parents/Child relationship…

Abdoolmagid VAKIL Children treating parents : These days the relationship between parents and children have suffered radical changes in the society where we know values have been eroding and as it is said we need to draw the attention to all concerned about the importance of reviving and revitalizing those values which come from ancient

The philosophy of relationship between women and men in Islam…

Patrizia Khadija DAL MONTE The philosophy of relationship between women and men in Islam : From ideal to reality In my opinion, developing a philosophy of the couple in Islam means asking oneself “what is the couple in Islam about in the first place?” or in more modern philosophical terms “what structures are fundamental in

Making mistakes – Evolution of a community

Hussain SHEFAAR When a (friendly) journalist recently asked what advice he can take for his fellow journalists from the Muslims community – I replied, ‘allow us to make mistakes’. The media is paradoxical when it comes to the coverage of Muslims. On the one hand, Muslims are portrayed as non-Europeans, alien and radical with an

Faith and Civil Action

Hussain SHEFAAR (Hussain Sheefar’s speech during the EMN Public meeting in Sarajevo with Ahmet Alibasic, Malika Hamidi and Pr. Tariq Ramadan) I visited Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina, recently to attend a conference on faith based organisations and civil actions. Organised by the Centre for Advanced Studies, qantara.de, NAHLAA and theEuropean Muslim Network in association with the

Political Exploitation of Islamophobia in post–communist Albania

Olsi JAZEXHI The historical roots of Islamophobia in Albania In a recent publication from the Council of Europe, Islamophobia has been defined as: ‘a fear of, or prejudiced viewpoint towards Islam, Muslims and matters pertaining to them. Whether it takes the shape of daily forms of racism and discrimination or more violent forms, Islamophobia is

Muslims face Islamophobia in Europe

Talip KUCUKCAN There is no doubt that the presence of Muslims in many European countries has changed the demographic and religious landscape of the West. The arrival of Muslims in large numbers to Europe since the 1950s and 1960s and their permanent settlement through citizenship thereafter call for a reconsideration of the dominant view on

From the construction of a European feminine Muslim identity…

Malika HAMIDI From the construction of a European feminine Muslim identity to the emergence of a feminist… (SYMPOSIUM AT UNESCO – Paris) I welcome such an initiative in organizing a public meeting about this topic, because it seems so essential today to exchange feelings and experiences between women and to share it in a genuine

Empowerment of Muslim women: reality or wishful thinking?

Malika HAMIDI European Policy Center(Brussels) Conference with Amina Wadud, Malika Hamidi and Sara Silvestri A growing movement of scholars are reinterpreting Islamic texts to argue for family law reforms to ensure equal treatment of Muslim men and women, speakers told a Policy Dialogue held in cooperation with the King Baudouin Foundation with support from the

Muslims and Anti-Semitism

Tariq RAMADAN The responsibility of the Muslims and the Jews in the West is tremendous: living together, both citizens of the same countries, they should raise their voices in the name of justice and mutual respect. In France, for example, one finds a unique situation; namely, the largest Jewish and Muslim communities in Europe living

Citizenship and Identity: Old Concepts and New Challenges

Tariq RAMADAN (Outline of Inaugural Lecture of prof. Tariq Ramadan, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Chair Citizenship and Identity)9 november 2007 For more than two centuries the Western societies have been dealing with the ongoing process through which they were securing the rights of the individuals while setting clearly their duties towards the structured community they were