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A Governing Shari’a

From the December 2008 Print Edition

Islam and the Secular State: Negotiating the Future of Shari’a by Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im Harvard University Press, 336 pages, $35 Is Islam compatible with the idea of separation of state and religion? That has become the question in the past few decades. Some Muslims, especially the . . . . Continue Reading »

Render Unto Atatürk

From the March 2007 Print Edition

When thousands of furious Muslims rallied in the streets of the West Bank, Pakistan, and Indonesia to protest Benedict XVI’s Regensburg address, many commentators spoke with pessimistic alarm about the “clash of civilizations” that had now become increasingly manifest. The reason . . . . Continue Reading »

The Hrant Dink Murder and Its Meaning

From Web Exclusives

On January 19, 2007, a journalist named Hrant Dink was shot dead by a seventeen-year-old militant on one of Istanbul’s busiest avenues. In just thirty-two hours, the Turkish police caught the reckless killer, who confessed his crime quite proudly. “I shot the Armenian,” he said . . . . Continue Reading »