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Islam

Religious notions

Laurence Louër Translated by Ethan Rundell: Sunnis and Shi'a: A Political History

SUNNI AND SJIA: The religious contradictions between the two main directions in Islam are not so great. But in conflicts between countries and groups, they are used for all they are worth.

Why does Islam need a sexual revolution?

Seyran Ateş. Translated by Kari Bolstad: Islam needs a sexual revolution

ISLAM: At a time when the fear of Islam is spreading, Seyran Ates writes that Islam needs a sexual revolution to gain respect from the world community.

The anatomy of democracy

Mathilde Fasting: After the end of the story. Meet with Francis Fukuyama

Fukuyama: Francis Fukuyama is one of the world's foremost democracy theorists, and this book provides an updated introduction to his overall authorship.

Can Islam be modernized?

Sylo Taraku: The struggle for freedom in Islam

REFORM: A thorough presentation and discussion of the work that takes place to reform Islam, in Norway and internationally.

A female imam is struggling to create a collective

Marie Skovgaard: reformist

MARIAM MOSKEEN: In 2015, the Syrian-Finnish Dane Sherin Khankan decided to start a women-led mosque in Copenhagen. Instructor Marie Skovgaard has followed her struggle between personal vision and the challenges of creating community.

An explanation of European racism

Akbar Ahmed: Journey into Europe. Islam, Immigration, and Identity

: Islamic scholar tries to understand the background of Muslim conditions in Europe, but the explanation in his analysis is limited.

The scary sound of religion

: Fanaticism and extremism arise the moment religion is detached from its cultural and historical background.

To understand Hezbollah

Sarah Marusek: Faith and Resistance: The Politics of Love and War in Lebanon

: Hezbollah has Islamized the class struggle. Faith gives strength to an ignored population, concludes author and researcher Sarah Marusek after two years of ethnographic fieldwork in Lebanon.

Sparkling new talents in Edinburgh

Léa Luiz de Oliveira and Nisan Yetkin / Carina Haouchine: I Don't Want to Call It Home / Ululation

: The Edinburgh International Film Festival introduces fresh talent and new voices during this year's festival, while reflecting on Edinburgh's cultural diversity. 

When the Syria warriors return home

David Thomson: The Returned. They Left to Wage Jihad, Now They Are Back

: Hundreds of European young people have traveled to take part in the war in Syria – some have since returned. In the book The Returned, the French journalist David Thomsons claims that many of these take jihad home again and try to explain to us how and why. 

Islam's forgotten culture and the meaning of Sufism

: What is the change that has taken place in a culture that has fascinated explorers and free thinkers for centuries?

Johan Galtung: How is Norway going?

: How independent and critical can one be? In part 2 of the double interview with Johan Galtung, we talk about Norway's relations with the USA, Sweden, Muslims, anarchism and Marxism.