Year 5 N.10 December 2009
This Strange Alliance of Opposites by Stratford Caldecott
Fundamentalism and modernity, enemies on many fronts, have in common the need to cut the vital roots that link us to the past and to history. On the one hand there is the hyper-simplification of revelation, and on the other its replacement by a system of pure information. A question that concerns both Christianity and Islam.
Culture Between the Indefinable andCertainty by Nikolaus Lobkowicz
The intellectuals of the twentieth century used culture in opposition to nature, for anthropologists it must be cited only in the plural, and despite St. Paul, St. Augustine and the missionaries, the Church did not develop an explicit teaching in relation to it. Only with John Paul II did it become a habitual subject of theology.
Looking for God, Looking for the Truth by Gabriel Richi Alberti
In the teaching of Benedict XVI inter-religious dialogue is always intercultural dialogue and this corrects the purported separation between the domain of faith and the domain of reason. Indeed, like every human experience, faith also takes place and is expressed within culture, even though it transcends it.
The Incoherence of Liberal Pluralism by John Milbank
In Great Britain the debate continues that was sparked by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, about multiculturalism. Since then reflection has deepened in the search for a new approach to the relationship between individuals, their communities of reference, civil life and law.
Thoughts for a West at War by Henri Hude
Man is the only animal who kills very large numbers of individuals who belong to the same species. It is not enough to deplore this fact, it must be understood, in particular at a historical timewhen our societies aspire to peace but are involved in difficult and confused conflicts.
When the Ulema Closed the Doors by Abderrazak Sayadi
The authenticity of the hadith, the repeal or replacement of the laws indicated in the verses and more in general the famous question of the interpretation of the Koran: for the Sunni world the relationship with the inheritance and the transmission of the faith of the origins continues to raise questions and problems in daily life as well.
Acting in the Public Space by Malika Zeghal
The case of the United States of America. In American constitutional and political culture religions are well accepted and contribute in an essential way to civil life. But after 11 September Muslim communities had to deal with suspicion and the risk of isolation. The results of a survey carried out in the Chicago area.
Face to Face with the Secular State by Azzedine Gaci
The case of France. In the 1970s, with the end of immigration connected with work of the Muslim populations, their rooting became inevitable and the subject of identity became central. Faced with the request to give them institutional representation, a process begun that ended thirty years later.
The Narrow Road of Mothers and Daughters by Giovanna Rossi
The case of Italy. During the complex stage of life represented by that of migration, people have to compare their own origins and heritage with those of the guest society. The results of two surveys carried out in Lombardy on different generations of female immigrants.
The Order of the Guardians Reigns in Teheran (for now) by Yann Richard
Last June Iran was shaken by a powerful tidal wave which for the first time since the revolution made inroads into the very bases of the power structure, without, however, managing to change it. A look at a country which for thirty years has been at the centre of international attention and concern, not least because this is something it wants.
Democracy is Confirmed in Jakarta (for now) by Franz Magnis Suseno
In Indonesia the voting procedure, the ‘most complicated in world history’, favoured the party of the incumbent President. And a reading of the results, as well, cannot escape a certain complexity. But at least one fact is clear: the process of ‘Islamisation’ of society is not leading to an ‘Islamisation’ of politics.
That Gesture understood by Everyone by Pierbattista Pizzaballa
The visit of the Pope to the Holy Land narrated by a Franciscan custodian.
The doubts and the hopes on the eve; the emotional embrace with the small and frail Christian community; the delicacy of the dialogue with Jews and Muslims; respect for, and agreement with, the just aspirations of the two peoples: a pilgrim who crossed frontiers, even the most difficult ones.
Translating, Interpreting: from Words to Actions by Pierre Larcher
Reflections of a scholar on one of the most fascinating and complex of ‘professions’: translation. In many languages the term alludes to the action of transporting but also of crossing. And not only: translation, in fact, is concerned with making a discourse ‘intelligible’ and understandable. Thus, it should in some way transform and comment.
Misticism and Reason in the Religion of the Infallibles by Amir Moezzi
The spiritual tradition and historical evolution of Shi’ism. Of the currents of Islam, it is characterised by the corpus of teachings attributed to the Fourteen Infallibles: Mohammed, his daughter Fatima and the twelve imams. And secondly by a hierarchical ‘clergy’ which frames and manages the lives of the faithful.
The Rule of the Koran? Semitic Rethoric by Michel Cuypers
The surprising results of research that began with the question: is it possible that such a fundamental text is as disordered as it appears? A work of structural decoding shows in reality that the Holy Book of Islam is very elaborate in literary terms and that its constructive rules are the same as those of the Bible.
Looking Until the End for the Path to Islam by Jean-Jacques Pérennès
The second part of the life of Georges Anawati. Using every kind of cultural and scholarly instrument, he continued to work for true knowledge of the Muslim soul and for a dialogue based upon true friendship. ‘An exceptional man for an exceptional period’, he experienced both enthusiasm and disappointment.