As the peaceful, pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong continue, Kawai Wong discusses the events of September 28 and the unbreakable spirit of the Hong Kong people.
Mubashar Hasan discusses the rhetoric behind Australia’s most recent ‘anti-terrorist’ campaigns and the backlash this has inflicted on the wider Muslim community within Australia.
Professor Malory Nye argues that the debate about calling the terrorist outfit Islamic state (IS) non-Islamic is not justified because in Islam what is Islamic or not is far from a settled issue. In his view, this debate should be resolved if one calls IS ‘Daesh’- an Arabic word referring to ‘downtrodden’ (daes) or ‘causing discord’ (dahes).
Dr. Florian Schneider looks at some of the challenges researchers face as they analyse texts in East Asian languages. It also provides tips on how to overcome such challenges.
In this raw and emotive piece, Faruk Wasif of Bangladesh’s largest Bengali newspaper, Daily Prothom-Alo, discusses the recent death of his countrymen, Rubel Ahmed, in a UK detention centre and the continuing degradation of the rights of immigrants around the world.
Michael D. Driessen is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs (John Cabot University, Rome, Italy) discusses secularism in the United States and re-evaluates the role of religion within the public sphere.
For most academics the use of blogs, social media or other ‘low-brow’ media tools seems like a distraction from the real work of publishing in journals, writing books or winning academic hearts and minds. Consequently, academics are often reluctant to engage with social media even though there are ways it can be used to directly promote their research agendas, career prospects and increase societal impact. Professor Tim Hitchcock takes at look prospects for academics to harness modern communications technology and increase their impact.