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Huffington Post: Iranian "Feud:" Much Ado About Nothing?

In this Huffington Post piece, Sharmine Narwari, a Senior Associate at St. Anthony's College, Oxford University, argues that given the current geopolitical standpoint, the "political spat" between Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is, for now at least, much ado about nothing.

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Islam and Politics in Pakistan

Author: Jayshree Bajoria

Pakistan is bracing for more turbulence in the wake of Osama bin Laden's killing. This Backgrounder looks at how state support for Islamist militants has led to growing religious intolerance in society.

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God’s Century: Resurgent Religion and Global Politics

Speakers: Monica D. Toft and Timothy Samuel Shah
Presider: Irina A. Faskianos

Coauthors Monica Duffy Toft and Timothy Samuel Shah discuss their new book God’s Century: Resurgent Religion and Global Politics, coauthored with Daniel Philpott, as well as religion’s recent resurgence in political influence across the globe. This discussion is part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.

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Primary Sources

UN Human Rights Commission Resolution: Combating Defamation of Religions

UN Human Rights Commission adopted several resolutions on combating defamation of religions since 1999. Resolution 4/9 adopted on March 30, 2007 requires a report on the Human Rights Commission's activities on this issue. On March 24, 2011, the UN passed resolution 16/18, which prohibited discrimination and violence against people because of their religion or beliefs.

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