Religion

Foreign Affairs Article

Veiled Truths

Author: Marc Lynch

In The Flight of the Intellectuals, Paul Berman argues that it is not violent Islamists who pose the greatest danger to liberal societies in the West but rather their so-called moderate cousins, such as Tariq Ramadan.

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Khomeini's Long Shadow

Author: Mohamad Bazzi
Foreign Affairs

Mohamad Bazzi says a more moderate, democratic vision of Shiism could ultimately resolve the current conflict in Iran.


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2010 Update on Religious Freedom Around the World (Audio)

Speakers: Leonard A. Leo and Elizabeth H. Prodromou
Presider: Irina A. Faskianos

Leonard A. Leo and Elizabeth H. Prodromou discuss international religious freedom and U.S. foreign policy in light of the recent release of U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom's Eleventh Annual Report on Religious Freedom in the World, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.

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Caspian Weekly: Turkey's Role in the Organization of Islamic Conference, JDP Government and the Greater Middle East Project

Author: Ozan Örmeci

Turkey's role in the Organization of the Islamic Conference has been increasing consistently after the take-over of Justice and Development Party (JDP) in 2002. Simultaneously with Turkey's increasing role in the organization, OIC, which has functioned as a non-influential international actor until recent years, has now an important agenda due to the problems of the Islamic world and USA's "Greater Middle East Project."

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Daily Times: Religious bigotry and the UN

Author: Peter Jacob

In this op-ed from Pakistan's Daily Times, Peter Jacob explores the reasons for why the UN Resolution on Defamation of Religions has caught little attention in Pakistan and recommends that the Pakistani government review its position on the resolution, pointing out that it will undermine the development in the conceptual framework and implementation of human rights.

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The Eclipse of the Sunnis (Audio)

Speaker: Deborah S. Amos
Presider: Irina A. Faskianos

Listen to NPR's Foreign Correspondent Deborah Amos discuss her new book Eclipse of the Sunnis, about the forced migration of the Sunnis from Iraq following the outbreak of sectarian violence in the wake of the U.S.-led invasion of the country, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.

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Journal of Democracy: Do Muslims Vote Islamic?

Authors: Charles Kurzman and Ijlal Naqvi

Those who warn against efforts to promote free elections in Muslim-majority countries often point to the threat posed by Islamic parties that stand ready to use democracy against itself. Writing for the Journal of Democracy, Charles Kurzman and Ijlal Naqvi examine the historical record of Islamic parties and Muslim voters.

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