Rizwan Mustafa reflects upon his 2015 PhD field work in Pakistan: after some recent discussions with Pakistani counter-terrorism officials, it became clear that they considered religion to be a primary cause of violent radicalism. Yet religion can act as a guide to moral virtue, so it is not obvious how the state can function without it. Can there be a middle ground between religious extremism and secularism?
In this strong analysis, Arifuzzaman Tuhin argues that the West must do more to help Bangladesh properly address the rise of extremism within its borders.
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.
Today the world has become divided on “civilizational lines” the question that resonates within the minds of many is not whether you are Muslim? It’s whether you are a Shia Muslim or a Sunni Muslim? Therefore, to answer this question Alochonaa presents the first of a three part series, in which we try to disentangle the truth of Islam from the shadow of sectarian dogma.
Mubashar Hasan deconstructs the ‘myth’ of religion and politics through a critical analysis of the book “Religion and Politics in International Relations: The Modern Myth” by Timothy Fitzgerald.
Fatima Raza* Sixty-six years after its independence, Pakistan confronts widespread civil unrest. After the death of its Quaid, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, rather than become a beacon of admiration and hope for the Islamic world, is now one of the world’s most volatile states. […]