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Samir Khalil Samir
Fr. Samir: The taboos of the Muslims, the false freedom of the West
The case of the anti-Islamic film and of the cartoons satirising Mohammed highlights two different cultures: Islamic culture, which hails from dictatorships and complaints, and Western culture, liberal and iconoclastic towards religion. Too much sanctity among Muslims and too much secularism among Westerners. But the Islamic world is changing: there's increasingly more condemnation of the violence. The Pope's proposal in Lebanon to build coexistence in diversity and not in uniformity.
The film and Muhammad cartoons: its time for a healthy secularism in the West and Islam
The Islamic world suffers from a centuries-old frustration and emotionally reacts to every little criticism. At the same time the West provokes without restraint and respect. The solution to this clash of civilizations, lies within the Pope’s Regensburg Address and Ecclesia in Medio Oriente. Muslims also have to learn not to offend Jews, Christians and other religions. Rather than stifling freedom to criticize, we need to promote a criticism enlightened by reason.
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Fr. Samir: Arab military coalition possible peacekeeping force to guarantee pluralism
For the first time in history, a dozen Arab countries have decided to launch a joint military force to fight terrorism. The idea in itself good, in practice is sliding into a sectarian struggle between Sunni and Shia. Instead they could fight the Islamic state, ensure the return of Christians in Iraq and in Syria, push for peace between Israel and Palestine.
06/06/2010 VATICAN - MIDDLE EAST
Fr. Samir: Christians together, the small flock and hope in the Middle East
A masterful commentary of the Instrumentum Laboris made public by Benedict XVI in Cyprus. The urgent issues for Christians in the Middle East (survival, emigration, immigrant Asian Christians, religious freedom): unity with orthodox witness in the Jewish and the Islamic worlds, shaping contemporary society in modernity and peace.
08/07/2011 VATICAN - M. EAST
Middle East Synod close to Arab spring
International public opinion is concerned that the young people’s revolt is sliding towards fundamentalism. Many religious authorities fear for the fate of Christians. The Synod of the Middle East, held a few months before the "jasmine revolution", raised many issues that have become buzzwords of Arab youth movements. Maybe for now Islam will win, but the Arab world is changing and the Church is committed to this change.
06/12/2012 MIDDLE EAST
Unfinished: the Arab Spring’s Islamic winter
Almost two years after the Arab uprising, the Middle East finds itself increasingly Islamist and increasingly violent. Yet the young people had fought for greater dignity and freedom. It is a job half done: freed of dictators, but still without full democracy. The great scholar of Islam Samir Khalil Samir offers his vision (Part One)
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