Do we need to blame the West?

Author: Ali Salman*   In his article published in the Daily Telegraph on 18 August 2017, the author of “The Islamist” Ed Husain, while responding to the recent violent events in Barcelona, has argued that the main objective of the terrorists, including ISIL, is to bring back the Caliphate. According to his analysis, the terrorists,…

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Talking About Religion

Author: Hasan Yücel Başdemir*   “Differences among my community (ummah) is a blessing for the people.” Prophet Muhammad     Religion is one of the most fragile and tense areas in human relations. It is in the same situation at the discussions over the television programs and social media. Discussions are generally about the secondary…

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The Search for Living in Peace

Author: Hasan Yücel Başdemir*   Why do some societies constantly live in conflict, violence, anxiety and misery while some are living in stability, prosperity and peace? Why do some societies not have means of reconciliation to solve the problems which they experienced while other societies have? These are some of the oldest questions in the…

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Syriac Orthodox Church and Religious Affairs in Turkey

Author: Bugra Kalkan* The news about Syriac Orthodox churches in Mardin, a historical multi-cultural city in the south-east Turkey, have shown again that how religious liberty is still so fragile in Turkey. According to the Agos Newspaper, after Mardin became a metropolitan municipality, its villages were officially turned into neighborhoods. And The Transfer, Liquidation and…

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Why Religious Freedom Promotes Human Well-being?

Author: Bugra Kalkan* Secularization of the public sphere and public education through strong and restrictive public policies has been often offered to solve the religious conflicts and religious radicalism problems in Muslim-majority countries. From this perspective, explicitly or implicitly, Islamic religious beliefs and organizations are seen in conflict with the idea of constitutional democracy, innovation…

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Religious Persecution Over Time and Countries

Author: Bugra Kalkan* Is religious persecution a unique phenomenon in Muslim-majority countries? Of course, not! Christian-majority countries and other-majority countries have also serious religion related violence issues. But this does not mean that there is no problem concerning Muslim-majority countries. As a matter of fact, Brian Grim and Roger Finke show that “religious persecution is…

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