Securitizing Religious Violence: the Cases of Mali and Syria – Part Two

Suzanne Klein Schaarsberg continues her exploration of the securitization of religion in the conflicts in Mali and Syria. In Part One of this post, I discussed securitization as the tool that enables competing conceptions of the threat posed by Al Qaeda to exist in the worldviews of the same actors. In Part Two, I want …

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Securitizing Religious Violence: the Cases of Mali and Syria – Part One

Yesterday French President Francois Hollande announced that French troops will begin withdrawing from Mali in April, instead of March, as originally planned. Suzanne Klein Schaarsberg explores how religion, particularly religious violence, has been labelled as a threat in the political rhetoric surrounding Mali... but not Syria. A common assumption in public discourse and in academic …

Gay Rights, the Devil and the End Times: A Post-Secular Perspective on Homosexuality-Debates in Africa, Part Two

In Part One of this post, Adriaan van Klinken described the Zambian case of how Ban Ki-moon’s recent call to recognise the human rights of homosexuals was interpreted according to a millennialist worldview, characteristic for Zambian Christianity. In this second post, he will analyse this discourse. I interpret the millennialist rhetoric on homosexuality as a …

Gay Rights, the Devil and the End Times: A Post-Secular Perspective on Homosexuality-Debates in Africa, Part One

Homosexuality is one of the major political issues in our contemporary world. Especially African countries are getting known for their massive public and political rejection of same-sex relationships and “gay rights”. Frequently in the media we hear, for example, about new, stricter legislation on same-sex practices, about people arrested and jailed because of homosexuality-related offences …