D’Assise au Caire. Un nouveau sommet des religions sur la paix, pour quoi faire ?

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Le pape François se rendra au Caire les 28 et 29 avril 2017 pour une courte visite d’à peine quarante-huit heures, le temps de participer à la conférence internationale sur la paix organisée par le grand imam de la mosquée al-Azhar, Ahmed al-Tayeb. Cette rencontre se veut un moment fort dans les relations islamo-chrétiennes, de même qu’une réponse interreligieuse à l’extrémisme et au terrorisme…

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(Analyses, IRIS, 28 avril 2017)

Religious Extremism in Africa – IRIS

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Nicolas Kazarian: In your opinion, what is the cause of religious extremism in Africa today?

Nuruddeen Lemu: Let me begin by attempting a working definition of ‘religious extremism’. I define it as the expression of extreme and unjust positions or actions taken by some adherents of a religion based on their understanding of a religious teaching or scripture, but which the majority of adherents regard as fanatical, unacceptable and unrepresentative of their faith. The adjective “extreme” here is negative and relative to the “moderate” or “centrist” position of the majority or mainstream. I will also assume that in this discussion, ‘religious extremism’ refers to the kind of extremism, which is expressed through violence.

 Rehmah Kasule: When people talk about religious extremism, you realize that many still second-guess what religious extremism is. The media has come out with all kinds of popular jargon and brands all Muslims as “Terrorists.” We have also witnessed what is going on in USA with President Trump’s conviction that Muslims are dangerous and should therefore be banned from entering the country. Religious extremism has become  amplified such a way as to distort the public’s perception of the religion. Innocent Muslims become angered because the percpetion of their faith is being negatively distorted.

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(Observatoire géopolitique du religieux, IRIS, April 2017)

Augustana Græca. Sa réception orthodoxe au XVIe siècle (Postface)

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Résumé :

Bien que l’orthodoxie semble indifférente au vent réformateur qui souffle sur l’Europe du XVIe siècle, la version grecque de la principale confession du luthéranisme renforce, moins de trente ans après la Diète d’Augsbourg tenue en 1530, l’intérêt théologico-politique de hautes figures du protestantisme pour l’Orient chrétien. Aussi l’objet de cette postface consiste-t-il à évaluer la place de la version grecque de la Confession d’Augsbourg dans les relations luthéro-orthodoxes du XVIe siècle à partir des préparatifs ayant accompagné l’élaboration de l’Augustana Græca et sa réception.

Etudes théologiques et religieuses 92(2017/1), pp.329-339

Au sommaire de la Revue.

Skype Conference – Fletcher School

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Thanks to Dr. Elizabeth Prodromou and her students for a great discussion about geopolitics of religion, critical geopolitics and terrorism, Eurasia and security.

Syllabus of the course:

EURASIA: GEOPOLITICS, RELIGION, AND SECURITY

This course explores the intersection of geography, religion, and security in the transregional, transcontinental space of Eurasia, a playing field where Western (mainly defined in terms of NATO and the EU) and Eastern (primarily understood in terms of Russia and its near abroad) are perceived to collide in a zero-sum game. We begin with an introduction to the rediscovery of the tradition of geopolitics as field in IR theory, and we explore the centrality of Eurasia to geopolitical arguments about global hegemony…

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March 31, 2017