Religion in the armed forces: U.S. military chaplains fighting their own kind of culture wars
3 Mar 2013
In this interview, Kim Philip Hansen, assistant professor of sociology at Mount St. Mary University in Maryland, discusses the changing roles and challenges facing chaplains in the American military.
Tunisia: Islam and politics two years after the Revolution - interview with Rashid Al-Ghannouchi
2 Mar 2013
On Saturday 16 February Rashid Al-Ghannouchi addressed a crowd of tens of thousands in Tunis. Mahan Abedin witnessed the rally and subsequently met and interviewed Rashid Al-Ghannouchi.
Arabia: protest and revolution - An Interview with Saad Al-Faqih
10 Mar 2011
Demonstrations and protests are planned in Saudi Arabia on Friday 11 March. At the centre of opposition to the ruling House of Saud is the London-based Movement for Islamic Reform in Arabia (MIRA) led by former surgeon Dr. Saad al-Faqih.
Tunisia: the advent of liberal Islamism - an interview with Rashid Al-Ghannouchi
30 Jan 2011
On Sunday 30 January Rashid Al-Ghannouchi, the 69 year old leader of the Tunisian Islamic movement, returned home after a long exile in London. The international media has interpreted Al-Ghannouchi's return as the most potent symbol yet of the dramatic changes that have taken place in Tunisia in recent weeks.
Islam: reviewing Shiite-Sunni relations in India - an interview with Seyed Mohammad Asgari
12 Jan 2011
There are at least 175 million Muslims in India. Twenty to twenty five percent of these are believed to be Shiites, with the Twelver Shiites comprising the majority. In the following interview, Mahan Abedin makes enquiries to a leading Shiite figure in India, Seyed Mohammad Asgari, about a wide range of issues affecting Indian Shiites, in particular their relationship with the majority Sunni population. The picture that emerges offers a striking contrast to the situation in neighbouring Pakistan.
Islamic movements: the Jammat-e-Islami in India – an interview with Ejaz Ahmed Aslam
5 Oct 2010
"The Jammat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) is an Islamic organization that is trying to promote, propagate and strengthen Islam. Our primary role in India is to protect and strengthen the Muslim community in addition to reaching out to non-Muslims." - A member of the leadership of the JIH answers the questions of Mahan Abedin.
Islam in Japan - An Interview with Professor Hassan Ko Nakata
7 Aug 2010
There are believed to be around 100,000 Muslims in Japan. Most of these are immigrants, the biggest group being comprised of Indonesians who number around 30,000. Ethnic Japanese converts are very few. In this interview with Mahan Abedin, Hassan Ko Nakata provides an overview on Islam in Japan and also comments on the concept of Khilafa (Caliphate).
Islamic movement: Hizbut Tahrir's new drive in the Levant – An interview with Dr. Mohammed Jaber
30 Mar 2010
Hizbut Tahrir (HT) was founded in 1953 in Palestine. Since then the party has spread all over the Muslim world and amongst Muslim communities in the West. A trans-national and pan-Islamic party, HT is committed to re-establishing the Islamic Caliphate. In recent years, HT has assumed an increasingly active role in Lebanon. A researcher specializing in contemporary Islamic movements, Mahan Abedin has conducted for Religioscope an exclusive interview with Dr. Mohammed Jaber, head of the executive committee of Hizbut Tahrir in Lebanon. This wide-ranging interview covers many issues, including HT's attitude toward Shi'a Muslims.
Religion and technology: video games in the Arab world and beyond - Interview with Vit Sisler
12 Feb 2009
Video games are at the core of a renewed focus of interest and have given birth to what are now known as game studies. Games eventually crystallise new forms of collective mobilisation and action and have to be considered as cultural artefacts. Vit Sisler, a researcher in game studies, tells us more about the religious and other challenges that games are posing in the Middle East and Muslim world.
Religion and communication: can ads help the image of Islam? - Interview with Michael Hastings Black
21 Nov 2008
During a meeting with Michael Hastings Black, Religioscope discussed the impact of new media on depicting a more balanced image of the Muslim minority in the US. Black shows the democratic effect of new media and their subversive potential effect on mainstream classical media. According to him, it is through the new media and such ads, and for economic reasons that American Muslims are going to be integrated into the American national narrative.