Religion

Since the 1980s, the popularity of the Camino has increased dramatically. Media narratives, like Hollywood movies and best seller novels, encourage people to become pilgrims and share their own stories online.

Seyran Ates Liberal Mosque Berlin Goethe stop extremism

Seyran Ates: Female Muslim leader and intellectual

Column
Odile Heynders
16/08/2018
5 minutes to read

The Berlin Ibn Rushd-Goethe Mosque opened in the summer of 2017. The intention of its feminist leader, Seyran Ates, is to create an atmosphere for a peaceful and democratic Islam. Odile Heynders praises Ates as an excellent public intellectual.

My Friend is a White Muslim

Article
Bin Chen
29/03/2018
9 minutes to read

With growing sense of negativity and 'othering' of Islam in political sphere, in this article I take the story of a Dutch Muslim convert to explore religious and social factors attributed to his change. 

Ravana displayed on a chariot at the Sri Devram Maha Viharaya (Pannipitiya, Sri Lanka)

Ravana: Once a demon, always a demon?

Academic paper
Deborah de Koning
30/03/2017
12 minutes to read

In current post-war Sri Lanka, the story of Ravana is taking new shapes among the ethnic majority of (Buddhist) Sinhalese. In this paper, Deborah De Koning argues that Ravana is not doomed to remain a demon.

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