The future of political Islam

Mamadou Diouf, Director, Institute of African Studies, Columbia University, United StatesEgypt needs a period of transition in which a shared civic culture can flourish to help resolve its conflicts.

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Ethiopian man jailed for instigating religious violence through text messages

In a somewhat unusual case, an Ethiopian man has been found guilty of spreading rumours through text messages and for his troubles he was sentenced to one year in prison, local media reported.

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Uganda arrests 5 Pakistani rebel suspects

Five Pakistani nationals have been arrested on suspicion of terrorism in Uganda, as the African country continues its fight against terror.

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Uganda: Government and church "save" Martyrs Day

Christians from the sub-region walk from their homes to Namugongo shrine (10 kms outside Kamapala, Uganda), where martyrs were burnt to death in 1886/Photo/ReutersMartyrs Day in Uganda, which had been reduced to an alcohol, roasted pork joints and sex market is being returned to its original meaning, with more than 500,000

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Turkey: An enlarged sphere

Since the fall of Egypt's Hosni Mubarak, Turkey has wasted no opportunities to step into the limelight of Middle Eastern politics. Now it's asserting itself as the moral leader in the region.

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Nigerian Muslim cleric warns about mixing politics with religion

A Nigerian Muslim leader has called for the separation of religion from politics saying mixing the two is threatening stability in Africa’s most populous country.

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Nigerian group threatens war over Islamic banking

A Nigerian Islamic group has threatened that Muslims will go to war if there is opposition to the proposed Islamic banking concept, which it wants introduced in the country.

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Nigeria: Curfew in Abuja over Boko Haram

Repeated attacks by extremist Islamist group Boko Haram have forced Nigerian authorities to impose a curfew in the country's capital, Abuja.

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Commentary: Nigeria’s Boko Haram and MEND quagmire

Since 2006, militants of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) have threatened Nigeria’s national security and civic stability, but analysts have described Boko Haram as a bigger danger to Nigeria’s multiculturalism and national amalgamation. Espousing a theological framework of social analysis, Boko Haram fervidly opposes the pluralism, tolerance and civic mutuality generated by the survival of the Nigerian state.

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Tax churches and mosques

Kicking off our series of 11 simple ideas which could make a real change for the better in the New Year, we consider placing a tax on places of worship.

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