Islam and the world

Are terrorist attacks and suicide bombings a betrayal of Islamic teaching? Is the world truly enduring a “clash of civilizations?” Are the world’s one billion Muslims a monolithic community, or is the diversity of Muslim life the key to understanding Islam’s future?

Islam often has uneasy relations with what passes for “modernity” across the rest of the globe: separation of church and state, equality for women, acceptance of an independent status for other religions (other than as prefiguring Islam), a secular legal system.

Whether because of the perceived defeats inflicted upon Muslims by the outside world, or because of the derelictions of their governments, the past 25 years have seen a huge growth in Islamic fundamentalism. Many who see their countries as victims of Western economic and cultural imperialism want to show that they can do better. Thirty years ago, their pride sought refuge in nationalism. Today, they seek a sense of identity by turning back to the Koran.

Across the Muslim world, today’s crisis has produced inflamed discussions about the status of Islamic belief in this age of globalization. To open a global window onto these debates, Project Syndicate is publishing a series of commentaries by statesmen, scholars and activists, predominantly from within “the House of Islam.” Edited by Clifford Chanin, Islam and the World displays the breadth and vitality of opinion within and without the Muslim world as it confronts huge pressures for change.

Contributing to this monthly series have been Jordan’s Prince Hassan, Pakistani nuclear physicist Pervez Hoodbhoy, Kuwaiti democracy activist Ahmad Bishara, Iraqi intellectual Kanan Makiya, Turkish sociologist Nilufer Gole, Moroccan feminist Fatima Mernissi, Egyptian Islamist thinker Fahmi Howeidi, Egypt’s human rights activist Saad Eddin Ibrahim and Indonesian modernist intellectual Nurcholish Madjid.

The Strategic Logic of the Islamic State

9 august, 2016|

By Fawaz A. Gerges LONDON – The so-

Islam Versus Islam

18 februar, 2016|

By Shahid Javed Burki LAHORE – Turm

Educating Syria’s Refugee ChildrenEducating Syria’s Refugee Children

9 juli, 2015|

By Elias Bou Saab BEIRUT – When I t

Egypt’s Dead Men WalkingEgypt’s Dead Men Walking

3 juni, 2015|

By Omar Ashour CAIRO – Mass death s

Escaping the Middle East’s Violence TrapEscaping the Middle East’s Violence Trap

27 maj, 2015|

By Adeel Malik OXFORD – The Arab wo

Can Yemen Be Saved?Can Yemen Be Saved?

20 februar, 2015|

By Barak Barfi SANA’A – Yemen is no

Charlie and the Anti-Muslim Media FactoryCharlie and the Anti-Muslim Media Factory

23 januar, 2015|

By Sami Mahroum PARIS – It is easy

It’s the Economy, TunisiaIt’s the Economy, Tunisia

9 januar, 2015|

By Olin L. Wethington TUNIS – On De

Pakistan After the Peshawar MassacrePakistan After the Peshawar Massacre

21 december, 2014|

By Shahid Javed Burki LAHORE – On D

Defending a Divided IraqDefending a Divided Iraq

7 november, 2014|

By Monica Duffy Toft OXFORD – The U

The Rebirth of EgyptThe Rebirth of Egypt

23 oktober, 2014|

By Merit Al-Sayed, Mark Esposito an

Lebanon’s Gathering StormLebanon’s Gathering Storm

7 oktober, 2014|

By Michael Young BEIRUT – With all

The Intellectual Battle Against ISISThe Intellectual Battle Against ISIS

29 september, 2014|

By Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Ma

Lebanon’s Model of ModerationLebanon’s Model of Moderation

29 september, 2014|

By Marwan Muasher BEIRUT – Global d

Iran’s Iraq CalculationsIran’s Iraq Calculations

17 september, 2014|

By Alex Vatanka WASHINGTON, DC – Wi

Can Palestine Win the Peace?Can Palestine Win the Peace?

9 september, 2014|

By Daoud Kuttab RAMALLAH – The roll

A New Caliphate?A New Caliphate?

11 juli, 2014|

By Bernard Haykel and Cole Bunzel P

Qaddafi’s Long ShadowQaddafi’s Long Shadow

10 juni, 2014|

By Barak Barfi ANTALYA – The recent

A Sunni-Shia Bridge Too Far

7 maj, 2014|

By Ali A. Allawi BAGHDAD – Iraq’s r

Erdoğan’s Pyrrhic VictoryErdoğan’s Pyrrhic Victory

4 april, 2014|

By Sinan Ülgen ISTANBUL – Turkey’s

The Gulf States’ Widening GulfThe Gulf States’ Widening Gulf

1 april, 2014|

By Bülent Aras ISTANBUL – President

Syria’s Kurdish HopeSyria’s Kurdish Hope

12 marts, 2014|

By Saleh Muslim Muhammad QAMISHLI,

The Last of the Sudeiri SevenThe Last of the Sudeiri Seven

13 februar, 2014|

By Mai Yamani LONDON – Ever since t

Arab Prospects Beyond the Arab SpringArab Prospects Beyond the Arab Spring

21 januar, 2014|

By Tarek Osman CAIRO – In December

Turkey’s Failed Bureaucratic CoupTurkey’s Failed Bureaucratic Coup

10 januar, 2014|

By Ertan Aydin ANKARA – Last week,

Middle East FrenemiesMiddle East Frenemies

13 december, 2013|

By Bernard Haykel & Daniel Kurt