Report on the “Clash between Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Expression” Webinar organized by the Center for Study of Society and Secularism in India

Author: Neha Dabhade “Clash between Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Expression, mapping the contours of the Conflict in France” is a Webinar organized on November 3rd by the Center for Study of Society and Secularism (CSSS) India,  run by ILN India Fellow Mr. Irfan Engineer. “If under the doctrine of laicite in France, positive…

The ILN Post: Nahdlatul Ulama , Indonesia: A Muslim Model of Religious Tolerance and Moderation

Author: Fida Ur Rahman, lecturer at the University College of Zhob, BUITEMS, Baluchistan, Pakistan. Being one of the most populous countries of the Muslim world, Indonesia is home to religious and cultural diversity. Although Indonesia is a Muslim-majority country consisting of 87.17% Muslims, it is constitutionally not an Islamic state. Apart from the six officially…

Why Governments Regulate Religion?

Author: Bugra Kalkan* Even in pluralistic Western Europe countries governments cannot resist to regulate religious affairs. The obvious result of these regulations is the monopolization of the religions. In developed liberal democracies, such as Western Europe, religious pluralism is under surveillance in highly regulated religious markets. Especially the dominant religion in these countries is monopolized…

Religious Markets versus Secularization

Author: Buğra Kalkan* Secularization and socialization theories are the dominant explanations originated in sociology in religious studies. Advocates of secularization comprehend religious behavior as irrational behavior or childish superstitions that will be evaporated as the advancement of science and modernity. It is claimed that once the humanity understands how the nature and the society works…