Cairo-based Lina Attalah, Managing Editor of the Al-Masry Al-Youm English edition, examines the political ramifications of the tragic Alexandria church bombing on New Yearís Day, as the Coptic Christian community in Egypt turns its focus to political engagement. (Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 4 January 2011) (Photo: aloshbennett/Flickr)
After last weekís assassination of Pakistani Provincial Governor Salman Taseer, Muqtedar Khan, Associate Professor at the University of Delaware, considers how the controversy surrounding the countryís blasphemy law raises questions about capital punishment and the Muslim prophet Muhammadís sayings. (Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 11 January 2011)
In the aftermath of the Salman Taseer assassination, Karachi-based journalist Qurat ul ain Siddiqui sees recent events in Pakistanís Punjab province as a failure of the countryís justice system and considers what can be done to restore confidence in government to fulfil its legal obligations and protect its citizens. (Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 18 January 2011)
Researcher at the Center for the Study of Islam and Society, Testriono counters the perception that all Indonesian Muslims are bent on restricting the religious freedom of others, while highlighting current initiatives to address religious discrimination where it does exist in the country. (Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 25 January 2011)
Reminding us of recent violence against religious minorities in the Middle East, which has been obscured by current news of regime change and transformation, Professor of Political Science Saliba Sarsar argues that the time is ripe for a renewed commitment to religious pluralism in the region. (Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 8 February 2011)
Egyptian journalist Yasser Khalil examines how Egyptís revolution has brought Christians and Muslims together to lay a stronger foundation for religious tolerance in this transitioning country. (Source: Common Ground News Service, 15 February 2011)
The women of Tunisia have a decisive role to play in shaping Tunisia's future. Fatma Ben Saïdane reminds women of the power of their vote and the importance of civic engagement.
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