Arches Quarterly: Vol 4 Edition 8 (5MB)

Arches Quarterly: Vol 4 Edition 8 (5MB)

A quarterly journal providing deeper and nuanced analysis of the issues and developments in the arena of dialogue, civilizations, and a rapprochement between Islam and the West

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In this edition, Arches Quarterly  explores early Muslim contacts with European Societies,  their contributions to culture and civilisation as well as their historical legacies, in an attempt to better understand Europe’s Islamic roots and the place of Islam and Muslims in contemporary Europe.

Arches Quarterly: Vol 4 Edition 7 (5MB)

Arches Quarterly: Vol 4 Edition 7 (5MB)

A quarterly journal providing deeper and nuanced analysis of the issues and developments in the arena of dialogue, civilizations, and a rapprochement between Islam and the West

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In this edition, Arches Quarterly  responds to the rising levels of anti-Muslim hatred across the globe.  Commonly referred to as ‘Islamophobia’, contributors discuss among other things, conceptual challenges posed by the term, the location of it in the racial imperial -colonial matrix and by providing examples from across the world, show that it is a reality in today’s climate.  The issue also explores the responsibility of Muslim civil society to  combat internal and external challenges.

Measuring the State of Muslim-West Relations

Measuring the State of Muslim-West Relations

The ground-breaking report, based on more than 123,000 surveys conducted in 55 countries and areas between 2006 and 2010, explores areas of both respect and tension between Western and majority Muslim societies. It also examines the differences between individuals who express an interest in Muslim-West engagement and those who do not.

 

Arches Quarterly: Vol 4 Edition 6 (5MB)

Arches Quarterly: Vol 4 Edition 6 (5MB)

A quarterly journal providing deeper and nuanced analysis of the issues and developments in the arena of dialogue, civilizations, and a rapprochement between Islam and the West

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In this edition, Arches Quarterly explores numerous perspectives on globalisation in an age of increased difference and divergence, while at the same time, witnessing noticeable convergence around ideology, faith and beliefs.
Cordoba Papers: No Enemy to Conquer

Cordoba Papers: No Enemy to Conquer

This issue deals with the concept of forgiveness and reconciliation by exploring real life stories and was presented by Michael Henderson at St Ethelburgas Centre for Reconciliation and Peace on the 18th of August 2010

 

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New Publications on Political Islam

New Publications on Political Islam

The two relevant reports are:

 

Strategies for Engaging Political Islam

Political Islam is the single most active political force in the Middle East today. Its future is intimately tied to that of the region. If the United States and the European Union are committed to supporting political reform in the region, they will need to devise concrete, coherent strategies for engaging Islamist groups. Yet, the U.S. has generally been unwilling to open a dialogue with these movements. Similarly, EU engagement with Islamists has been the exception, not the rule. Where low-level contacts exist, they mainly serve information-gathering purposes, not strategic objectives.

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The Myth of Excluding Moderate Islamists in the Arab World  The map of Islamist movements in the Arab world has changed over the course of the past three decades. There are wide gaps between those movements that use violence, look to change political regimes by force, and seek confrontation with the West, such as al-Qa’ida, and those movements that seek to practice politics peacefully, have respect for the sovereignty of the state, and are willing to work with the reigning political regimes. These latter, moderate groups share a belief in coexistence with the West.