» 06/18/2012, 00.00
TUNISIA - ISLAM
The Arab revolution could fail, Islam must modernise
During the first session of the Oasis meeting in Tunis, the country's transition is the main topic of discussion. In a country recently freed from dictatorship, Salafist groups are trying to impose Sharia. Leftwing and atheist parties, which took part in the revolution, are instead trying to ensure freedom for everybody. It is urgent for Islam to be receptive to the principle of freedom of religion and freedom of conscience and protect the rights of those who do not believe. Card Scola addresses the conference. Tunisia's revolution does not depend on the West.
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Terrorists attack Tunis museum, killing at least eight, taking dozens of hostages
Dressed in army fatigues, the gunmen took dozens of hostages in the Bardo Museum, including Italians, Spaniards, French and other foreigners. All but one of the victims are European. The terrorists are thought to belong to the Islamic State group.
19/06/2012 TUNISIA - ISLAM
Marzouki at Oasis: Christians, Muslims, Jews and atheists, all brothers in Tunisia
The Tunisian president reiterates the point that freedom of conscience is the basis of the Jasmine Revolution in his country. This means the right to change religion or have none at all. The transition is difficult in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Arabian Peninsula and Morocco. In such places, conversion and baptism are prevented by fear of what consequences they might entail. However, the Arab revolution has changed people's mindset, carving greater space for the individual rather than the 'Ummah'. The West has failed to understand what is taking place.
22/06/2009 VATICAN – ISLAM
Progress between Christians and Muslims but problems in Saudi Arabia, says Cardinal Tauran
The president of the Pontifical Council for interreligious Dialogue highlights an improved atmosphere and greater trust in Muslim-Catholic relations, also after Benedict XVI’s trip to the Holy Land. Problems do remain, including the right of Muslims to convert and the possibility to have Christian places of worship in the Saudi kingdom. Oasis conference focuses on tradition and dialogue between religions and cultures. Issues touched include the US, French and British cases, the development of Islam in given nations, and the move away from literalism in Qur’anic exegesis.
22/06/2006 ISLAM EGYPT
Islam, the West, human rights and democracy
Europe must get rid of its secularist and falsely neutral view of religion; Islam must rid itself of its fundamentalism which holds back its development and drives it towards religious wars; the Arab world is in turmoil: a reportage on the conference organised by the scientific committee of the Oasis journal in Egypt.
16/06/2012 TUNISIA - ISLAM
Oasis in Tunisia: the unfinished revolution and its future
Tunisia, the most secularized Arab country, after the success of "Jasmine Revolution", is facing the danger of Salafi Islam, also bankrolled by al Qaeda, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The struggle between different kinds of Islam and the place that religion should have in a modern and pluralistic society. The concerns of Christian minorities. The pragmatism of the West.
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