What was worse, Charlie Hebdo or Boko Haram? Religion, violence and clicktivism.

The fallout from the Charlie Hebdo attacks around the tensions between "religion" and "freedom of speech" continue to feature prominently in public debate across Europe, particularly in the aftermath of the Copenhagen cafe shooting over the weekend. But the vastly different responses to these events and the Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria raise numerous questions about …

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The UN Refugee Convention 60 Years On – Time to Rethink Approaches to Protection?

This week marks the 60th anniversary of the coming into force of the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. Much has changed since the Convention was initially drafted, signed and ratified by states. Increasing globalization, more and more diverse causes of flight and situations requiring protection that often do not fit the …

The struggle for justice of Dutch young Muslims in Syria

“I am powerless. (...) Please do something. Do not forsake me and all the other mothers”. 18-year-old Robin converted to Islam one and a half years ago. In November he and his friend left their homes departing for Syria to take part in the armed conflict against Bashar al-Assad. Robin’s mother, Joland, is crying out for …

Saving lives – but which ones? Life, belonging and postsecular possibilities in contemporary asylum politics

In today's post, Erin Wilson reflects on the recent decision by the Australian parliament to excise its territory from its migration zone, what this means for how we value life, how we belong and how both religious and secular perspectives can help us rethink these critical issues. Last week in my home country, Australia, the …

The Passion: Encroaching religion, cultural heritage or signs of postsecularism?

Last Thursday evening, Nederland Een broadcast the live performance of The Passion from The Hague. Erin Wilson provides an outsider’s perspective on this emerging ritual in Dutch public life. As a recent immigrant to the Netherlands, one of the most secularized countries in Europe, the last thing I expected to be doing on Maundy Thursday …

Turkey and Religion; included or excluded in the EU?

Today's post shows Ella Sebamalai's reflection on Turkey's accession to the EU. On the one hand she reflects on religion and  secularism as part of the public debate, on the other hand she also illustrates the consequences of specific perceptions. In a crisis custody case between the Dutch government and a Turkish migrant family in the …

Manuel A. Vasquez’s response to: “The Homo Economicus and transnational religious networks in a post-secular society”.

In today's post, prof. Manuel A. Vasquez suggests an alternative view to the 'Homo Economicus' in his response to Ella Sebamalai's post on transnational religious networks and faith-based organizations. Rather then calculated rationality, Vasquez argues in favor of a form of contextualized rationality that influences the choices of migrants on both individual and communal level. …