Papacy is back in global politics — that is, assuming it ever left. The gesture by Pope Francis to visit the Russian Embassy in Rome on Friday undoubtedly makes a notable event, for a variety of reasons. Pope Francis has an enduring reputation as a ‘pinkish pope’ credited with progressive […]
Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV Christian fundamentalism (II) Regardless of their cultural separatism after 1925 in the USA, the Christian fundamentalists succeeded to build up their own subculture including radio stations, periodicals, publishing houses, Bible colleges, missionary groups, creationist science institutes followed by Christian day schools and […]
Part I, Part II, Part III Jewish fundamentalism In the history of modern Judaism, there are two messianic movements with fundamentalistic patterns of both theological thought and political practice: the religious Zionists and ultra-orthodox Jews. The first group is known as Gush Emunim (Bloc of the Faithful) and they are […]
Part I, Part II Secularism & secularization All fundamentalists are opposing any idea and/or social movement that carry secular values and propagate secularism and secularization. Those two terms are referring to a decline and/or marginalization of religion in public life. The secularization of society became the best thought of structural […]
Territory, people, and physical power (security forces like police and army) are the inevitable prerequisites for creating a state. The ethnic Albanians were at the beginning intruders into the autonomous province of South-West Serbia – Kosovo-Metohia (KosMet), who constituted a small minority there (in 1455 only 2%). The focal question […]
Part I Religion and S. P. Huntington’s idea of „Clash of Civilizations“: A critical approach First, it has to be clearly noted that S. P. Huntington by himself did not claim to be an expert on Islam and Islamic studies. Second, his idea or theory of post-Cold War 1.0 civilizational […]
Religion had and has a strong impact on the lives and deeds of the people for several tens of thousands of years and it is presented in all human societies in different forms. About the earliest known human societies there are pieces of evidence only due to archaeological remains but […]
As the United States moves resolutely towards civil war, President Joe Biden is relying on left-wing believers of different faiths. He sees Donald Trump’s voters as people who have been abused in their faith and whom he must bring back to the true path. By manipulating religions, the Democratic Party is dividing the country, not between different faiths, but between ways of thinking about faith. President Biden’s ambition is to unite all his fellow citizens under his own magisterium in order to continue along the path laid out by Barack Obama.
The United Nations General Assembly has unanimously approved a resolution co-sponsored by Pakistan and several OIC and other countries on “Promoting a Culture of Peace and Tolerance to Protection of Religious Sites.” Consistent with Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visualization, this resolution is part of Pakistan’s continuing diplomatic efforts to safeguard […]
Before the war, Syrian society was organised in a secular manner, in order to allow cohabitation between the many religious groups which compose it. All Syrians have suffered from the atrocities committed by the jihadists (for which the Europeans today blame the Syrian Arab Republic). Many of the victims turned […]
If Turkey wants to join the EU, surely, it has to provide maximum of required standards of protection of all kind of minorities including and religious-cultural ones. That can be a chance for the Alevi people in Turkey to improve their status within the society.