» 09/16/2005, 00.00
Samir Khalil Samir
Islam and Christianity: encounter/confrontation, but also conversion
To save Islam from fundamentalism, it must encounter the Christian West which is able to live its faith in modernity. Without counting out the possibilty that a Muslim could convert to the Christian faith. Fourth and last part in the series "Islam and the West", by Fr Samir Khalil Samir, Egyptian Jesuit, professor of the history of Arab culture and of Islamic studies at Saint-Joseph University in Beirut.
Fundamentalism: "diabolic" union between religion and politics
Part One in a series on "Islam and the West", by Fr Samir Khalil Samir, a great expert of Islam and Christianity. An Egyptian Jesuit, Fr Samir is professor of Arab and Islamic studies at Saint-Joseph University, Beirut.
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The resurgence of Islamic terrorism after the Arab Spring
Christians , moderate Muslims , Shiites are strangled by terrorist violence in Syria , Egypt, Kenya , Pakistan ... This flare up is a sign of the deep crisis of Islam, which has not yet addressed the discernment of the modern world and prefers to take refuge in an outdated Islam. The Islamic world must recognize connivance with such violence. The commitment of Christians to dialogue with Islam and modernity.
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 Popeâ€™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.
Violent fatwas worry Muslim governments
Rulers in Muslim countries are coming to terms with the fact that their religion is in a deep crisis. One sign is the growing number of fatwas or legal pronouncement ordering the murder of atheists, apostates, Israeli civilians . . . . But their calls for reform are just cosmetic. For Muslim governments the "violent and terrorist" Islam is a figment of the Western iimagination, except for a few liberal Muslims who are ready for self-criticsm. Here is the second in a series of articles analysing Islam's crisis, by Fr Samir Khalil Samir.
Islam walking a tightrope between violence and reform
The Islamic world is frontpage news. In places like Iran Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Lebanon a warlike Islam is facing off the West in increasingly harsh ways. In the West itself, Muslim communities grow in number as do conversions. But what might appear as a renaissance is in fact the sign of a profound crisis within the religion founded by the prophet Muhammad. Fr Samir Khalil Samir, a Jesuit and Islam scholar who teaches in Beirut, offers an across-the-board analysis of what ails contemporary Islam and the ways radical and progressive Muslims try to nurse it back to health. Here, exclusive for Asia news, is the first part of a series of article on the subject.
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