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 …

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Islam and the Arab uprising

Guest contributor Prof Jeffrey Haynes from London Metropolitan University reflects on recent events in the Middle East and Northern Africa and their implications for how we understand the role of religion in public life. The Arab uprising is an important development which has affected all Arab-majority countries and continues to do so as we enter …

On the Political and the Personal. Or, How to Retain a Sense of “Humanity” in Egypt? Part 2

Dr Vivienne Matthies-Boon is currently in Cairo. In this continuation of her previous post, she shares with us some of her experiences and reflections on the ongoing conflict between pro-democracy campaigners and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood. In the previous post, I briefly outlined the political, violent, situation of the clashes here in Cairo.  In …

On the Personal and the Political. Or, How to Retain a Sense of ‘Humanity’ in Egypt? Part 1

Dr Vivienne Matthies-Boon is currently in Cairo. In today's post, she shares with us some of her experiences and reflections on the ongoing conflict between pro-democracy campaigners and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood. This is a difficult time to be in Egypt.  It is also difficult to write anything about the current situation on paper.  …