The Weaponization of Moderate Islam

August 23, 2021

Is Animal Sacrifice on Eid al-Adha Still Relevant?

July 31, 2020

Every year during the festival of Eid al-Adha, Muslims around the world sacrifice an animal — a goat, sheep, cow or camel — to reflect Prophet Ibrahim’s (Abraham) willingness to sacrifice his son, Ismail (Ishmael), after Allah (God) instructed him to in a dream. Before he could do so, Allah...

Ramadan Explained

April 25, 2020

Extremists Won’t Hinder Interfaith Dialogue

May 15, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Leonard Swidler, professor of Catholic thought and interreligious dialogue at Temple University, Philadelphia. Interfaith dialogue is a necessity in our age. In a world suffering from armed conflicts, diplomatic standoffs and trade wars,...

The Challenge to Spirituality in Ramadan

June 01, 2018

Through the long summer days, fasting and embracing spirituality in Ramadan is becoming more difficult. It is now the half-way point in Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. The festival commemorates the moment that the Quran was first revealed to Prophet Muhammad. For either 29...

The Problem with Freedom of Speech in Indonesia

May 09, 2018

Once again, blasphemy has caused a stir in Indonesia — this time over what counts as fiction. In April, Indonesians were shocked by a statement made by a well-known lecturer in philosophy at the University of Indonesia. In a televised debate, Rocky Gerung said that “Scriptures are fictional...

A Muslim Leader Honored in the US

March 20, 2018

Religious leaders such as the Aga Khan may be difficult to decipher in Western contexts. On March 14, the governor of Georgia presented a state proclamation to Prince Shah Karim al-Hussaini, the Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims. The proclamation recognizes the Aga...

India Rules Against Instant Divorce

August 24, 2017

The ruling against instant divorce is a victory for Indian Muslim women, but there is a long way to go before real change occurs. On August 22, the Supreme Court of India declared the practice of instant divorce in Islam, known as triple talaq, to be unconstitutional and un-Islamic. The judgment...

Ramadan in Italy: Between Prejudice and Solidarity

June 30, 2017

In Italy, civil society is leading the way for integration of the Muslim community. It's 33C degrees in Rome. The beaches are already full and the bars are playing loud music serving cold beers. “The problem is not fasting,” says Youssef, a young Moroccan who works as a barman. “The...

Will There Be Five Empires as the US Leaves the World?

April 23, 2017

If the US remains a world player, it will still be faced with five empires. Bernard Henri Levy, the French intellectual and provocateur, recently said that, in the wake of the US withdrawal into itself, the world stage would feature five empires. These would be Russia, Iran, Turkey, Islamic...

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