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On 9/11 the West woke up to its ignorance of Islam and the state of Muslim public opinion - in the Middle East and the diaspora. This debate was our response. Initiated by Londons Goethe Institute, European cultural institutes, in conjunction with openDemocracy, have collaborated in a series of live debates featuring leading scholars of Islam from Europe and beyond on the relationship -historical, theological, social and political.
A video-letter from a purported al-Qaida soldier calling on Germany to end its military involvement in Afghanistan has heightened security concerns in the country before and after the election. But it is Bekkay Harrach's "western" appearance as much as his message that deserves scrutiny, say Mina Al-Lami & Ben O'Loughlin.
Tariq Ramadan's book "Radical Reform: Islamic Ethics and Liberation" is neither radical nor particularly reformist. But it will be eagerly read from Kuala Lumpur to Keighley, says Ehsan Masood.
The traditional stories told by Europe of its own past and its encounters with the Islamic world are driven by a form of proxy politics that denies the reality of cross-fertilisation. But scholars are discovering new currents that open this intimate relationship to fresh interpretation, says Martin Rose.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s publicly declared opposition to the man waiting to assume the post of NATO Secretary General, may have been doing NATO and the EU a favour, argues Dennis Nottebaum
In attempting to extend solidarity to those resisting imperialist power today, European leftists suffer from a debilitating failure of imagination, particularly acute when it comes to Islamist resistance.
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