Lebanon: the rise of Christian nationalism - Interview with Maximilian Felsch
4 Sep 2014
As a result of the Arab uprisings and especially the Syrian crisis, Lebanon is experiencing a radicalization of its religious communities. This radicalization is not only evident in the Muslim community, where militant Islamism and Salafism are on the rise and Sunni-Shia conflicts are becoming more and more violent; the Christian community and especially the Maronites are also showing forms of radicalization, asserts Maximilian Felsch, who conceptualizes this trend as 'Christian nationalism'. Olivier Moos spoke with Dr Felsch in Beirut about this issue.
Islam: the Caliphate debate - Interview with Reza Pankhurst
29 Jul 2014
To gain an in-depth understanding on the circumstances surrounding the “Islamic State's” declaration of a Caliphate and the extent to which the declaration can be considered as valid and legitimate, Religioscope talks to Dr Reza Pankhurst, a leading scholar on the Caliphate and a well-known Islamic ideologue.
Egypt: the Muslim Brotherhood in exile - An Interview with Mohammad Soudan
24 Feb 2014
In less than three years, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood has plunged from the height of political power to the depths of bloody repression and exile. What is the assessment of the movement's leaders, now that it has been practically forced underground, with President Morsi in jail? In this exclusive interview, journalist and Islamic affairs analyst Mahan Abedin speaks with a leading figure of the Islamic movement, Mohammad Soudan, who presents the viewpoint of the Muslim Brotherhood on developments in Egypt.
Christianity: sister churches increasing bonds between congregations in the West and global South - Interview with Janel Bakker
17 Dec 2013
Religioscope recently spoke with Janel Kragt Bakker about her new book Sister Churches (Oxford University Press). The book looks at the growing phenomenon of congregations in the U.S. partnering with churches overseas in the global South for mission and social service projects.
United States: sociologist seeks spirituality-health connections in everyday hospital life
4 Jul 2013
To understand the role that religion plays in American healthcare beyond the usual debates about the relation of faith and spirituality and health, Religioscope recently interviewed Wendy Cadge, author of the new book Paging God.
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.