Revisiting Turkey’s Protean Self vs. ‘Other’

Hossein Aghaie Joobani • Mar 14 2016 • Essays

‘Ontological insecurity’ provides a more accurate analysis of Turkey’s Europeanization project as an alternative theoretical perspective to realism and constructivism.

Sexualities, LGBT Rights and The Ban of ‘Gay’ Emoticons in Indonesia

Eleni Polymenopoulou • Mar 10 2016 • Articles

While the emoticon debate itself seems rather trivial, the debates surrounding it are illustrative of the tensions between Islam and local practices.

Ansarullah Bangla Team: A Major Threat for Bangladesh’s Democracy

Siegfried O. Wolf • Jan 30 2016 • Articles

Islamic fundamentalism in Bangladesh poses the most dangerous challenge to the idea of a tolerant, secular democracy in a Muslim majority country.

A “Major Terrorist Event” Case Study: Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012

Robert Tugwell • Jan 29 2016 • Essays

The Benghazi attacks ultimately assisted in the ongoing destabilisation of post-Gaddafi Libya, and advanced multiple extremist Islamist causes.

Middle Power Religion

John A. Rees • Jan 29 2016 • Articles

Whilst the study of religion adds value to our understanding of world affairs, the opposite is also true: the concepts of IR add value to our understanding of religion

Out in the Open: Saudi Arabia, Iran and the Execution of Sheik Nimr al-Nimr

Binoy Kampmark • Jan 25 2016 • Articles

The confrontation of Saudi Arabia and Iran remains a political battle of influence with a veneer of religious justifications and very secular interests at the heart.

Hassan al-Banna: A Starting Point for Contemporary Islamic Fundamentalism

Mona Saleh • Jan 18 2016 • Essays

Al-Banna’s ideas of Islam’s superiority, of his conception of Islam to others, and the monopoly of the absolute truth are the first steps to judge Others as unbelievers.

The Future of Islamic State Systems in Light of Rising Sectarian Tensions

Shireen T. Hunter • Jan 4 2016 • Articles

Violence in the Islamic World is not principally attributable to religion, though its increasing salience fosters conditions for sectarian conflict.

Review – Boko Haram

Hussein Solomon • Jan 3 2016 • Features

This well-informed book explains the colonial legacy that shaped Boko Haram’s historical rise, what divides North and South Nigeria and Boko Haram’s impact on Africa.

Whose God? A Human Rights Approach

J. Paul Martin • Dec 23 2015 • Articles

The modern international human rights regime offers an alternative to secularism because it establishes standards for both state neutrality and engagement with religion.

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