This service hopes to offer a digest of information from english speaking newspapers and broadcast services in the main countries or areas where Anglicans and Muslims regularly encounter one another. It seeks to provide factual coverage of stories involving Anglicans and Muslims in a way that shows a)what is happening in relations, and b) how the stories are handled in the media. In addition to this, we will occasionally provide a detailed report about a particular area, adding to factual coverage some analysis and opinions from as wide and authoritative a selection of commentators as possible.
Welcome to the third issue of the Christian-Muslim News Digest for 2016. This issue discusses the recent summit of over 300 Muslim leaders gathering in Indonesia to denounce extremism and promote peace. It also looks at how Pakistan’s blasphemy laws and rising tide of extremism have been responsible for attacks on Christians in recent months.
Welcome to the second issue of the Christian-Muslim News Digest for 2016. This issue looks at the rise in religious fervour in Egypt over the past few months, which has led to a slew of blasphemy cases in the country. It also features a report on the reactions from Christians and Muslims to a religious bill that has placed new restrictions on faith communities in Kaduna State, Nigeria.
Welcome to the first issue of the Christian-Muslim News Digest for 2016. This issue features two inspiring events at the end of 2015, which are of special symbolic significance for Christian-Muslim relations. The first is about how faith communities across the globe were able to promote unity among Christians and Muslims through the rare convergence of Christmas and Mawlid, the celebration of the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday, this year. The second report is about how Kenyan Muslims shielded Christians from death in a bus attack by Al Shabaab and the potential impact of their heroic acts on terrorism-weary Kenya.
Welcome to the final issue of the Christian-Muslim News Digest for 2015. This time we look at the rise of religious intolerance over the past several months in India. The issue also features a report on how key Muslim and Christian leaders have been urging action in advance of the Paris conference on climate change.
Welcome to the third issue of the Christian-Muslim News Digest for 2015. This issue looks at how political and religious leaders have been promoting interreligious harmony in Nigeria to combat the violent ideology of Boko Haram. It also features an update on the controversy over the ban on interfaith marriages in Indonesia.
Welcome to the second issue of the Christian-Muslim News Digest for 2015. This issue looks at the World Council of Churches’ latest efforts to bring an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to explore further inter-religious initiatives to bring a just peace to the Middle East. It also features a report on a call by Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, Al-Azhar’s Grand Imam, for educational reforms to combat terrorism.
Welcome to the first issue of the Christian-Muslim News Digest in 2015. This issue looks at a murder of a Christian couple in Pakistan at the hands of vigilantes who accused them of desecrating the Qur'an and the potential impact of this case upon the nation's controversial blasphemy laws. It also features the latest developments in the 'Bible controversy' in Malaysia, a country often portrayed as moderate and religiously tolerant.
Welcome to the twenty-second issue of the Christian-Muslim News Digest, which has been rebooted in a new format, though will continue to be issued quarterly. Each issue will feature brief reports on one or two stories that have emerged recently, accompanied by analyses from guest commentators that give perspective and draw out implications for Muslims and Christians, and for Muslim-Christian relations.
Welcome to the third issue of the Digest for 2012. This issue reports on the unexpected release of a Christian Pastor in Iran; the release on bail of Rimsha Masih in Pakistan, whilst on blasphemy charges; condemnation by Muslim leaders of attacks on churches in Mombasa, Kenya; joint initiatives between Muslims and Christians in Indonesia, and something of the plight of Christians in Syria. The violent repercussions in response to the appearance on YouTube of a clip from the Innocence of Muslims video and the most recent batch of offensive cartoons have been largely anti-Western, rather than specifically anti-Christian, so I have not attempted to deal with how the media has covered these stories in this Digest.
Welcome to the second issue of the Christian-Muslim News Digest for 2012. This issue looks at Egypt and the presidential candidates' attempts to woo Christians before the second round of the presidential elections on the weekend of 16th-17th June 2012; Bishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon of Kaduna, Nigeria, warns religious leaders to stop fanning the embers of hatred in the country; also in Nigeria, a visit by an international delegation led by Olav Tveit of the World Council of Churches and Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan examines the current situation and the factors behind the present tensions; in Pakistan, the Ministry for National Harmony holds a seminar on forced conversions; finally, we look at the Sudan, at the situation of those made stateless in the north by last year's secession of the South.
Welcome to the first issue of the Digest for 2012. This issue begins with international responses to continuing violence in Nigeria. The subsequent items cover Pakistan, and an initiative by the Diocese of Wakefield which brought a group of 12 Muslims and Christians from near Gojra to Yorkshire on a fact-finding visit. It also reports on a recent case in Lahore where charges using the Blasphemy Law were dismissed. Next, there is a defence of media reporting on inter-religious violence in Indonesia and, finally, media analysis as to whether Egypt is moving towards democracy or theocracy.
Welcome to the fourth issue of the Digest for 2011. It covers events in the Middle East and the implications of the 'Arab Spring' for Christians, South Sudan six months after the birth of the new state and an update on the situation in Nigeria.
Middle East: 'Arab Spring' or 'Christian Winter'?
The events of the 'Arab Spring; in North Africa and the Middle East have received a large amount of media coverage. One unforeseen results of these events has been an increase in levels of insecurity for Christians living in many of these states. This article examines the situation of Christians in Egypt and some international responses.
Welcome to the third issue of the Digest for 2011. This issue focuses on the coverage of the tenth anniversary of "9/11": the way it was reported in the United States and around the World and the involvement of the church in acts of remembrance. It also reviews two reports from the Pew Research Center and two reports on Islamophobia which were published to coincide with the anniversary.
The two reports from the Pew Research Center are: Muslim Americans: No Signs of growth in alienation or support for extremism and Ten Years after 9/11: United in Remembrance, Divided over Policies.
The two reports on Islamophobia are: Islamophobia and Its Impact in the United States January 2009-December 2010: Same Hate, New Target, from Berkeley Center for Race & Gender, University of California and the Council on American-Islamic Relations; and Fear, Inc. The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America from the Center for American Progress.
Welcome to the second issue of the Digest for 2011. This issue looks at the Australian Federal Government's inquiry on Multiculturalism and the proposal to introduce sharia; the release of Bibles following an initiative by the Prime Minister in Malaysia; the situation of Christians in the Middle East; the proposal by a politician in Pakistan to ban the Bible in response to the burning of a Qur'an in Florida and the Building Bridges Seminar held in Qatar.
Welcome to the first issue of the Digest for 2011. This issue looks at the events in Egypt, and how Christians and Muslims have united in a common cause; it also looks at the repercussions of a blasphemy case in Indonesia, at the referendum in Southern Sudan and at a new report from the Pew Forum, 'The Future of the Global Muslim Population'. There are also two pieces on Pakistan; one is a reflective piece by Rana Khan, International Inter Faith Dialogues Assistant for the Anglican Communion Office, on the current situation in Pakistan, written before the killing of Shahbaz Bhatti, Minister for Minority Affairs in the government of Pakistan; the other is a report on the media response to that killing.
Welcome to the fourth issue of the Digest for 2010. This issue looks at the preparations for the referendum on self-determination in Southern Sudan on 9th January 2011; it also examines the responses to recent attacks on Christians in Iraq, the trial of Geert Wilders in the Netherlands and An African Answer, a film on initiatives in peace-building and reconciliation in Kenya and Nigeria.
This issue reports on Pakistan, with responses to the floods as well as the on-going problems of the blasphemy laws. It also reports on Nigeria, where the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) have both recently held meetings addressed by Muslims and Christians. Reactions to the recent ban on Zakir Naik by the new British Home Secretary are examined and, five years after the 7th July 2005 terrorist attacks in London, Murtaza Shibli has edited a book entitled7/7: Muslim Perspectives which is reviewed here.
This issue reports on the current situation in Jos, Nigeria, where the editor, John Chesworth, spent most of April. It also reports on the recently published Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life research, Tolerance and Tension: Islam and Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa. In Kenya, the place of Kadhi Courts in the proposed new Constitution is raising tensions as the country prepares for a referendum. There is a report of the Archbishop of Canterbury's visit to the Holy Land. As a follow-up to the reports on Islam4UK in the previous issue of the Digest, an article by Nick Chatrath is reviewed.
This issue reports on the visit to Britain of the Archbishop of Sudan, Daniel Deng, to raise awareness of the fragility of the peace in Sudan as the south prepares for a referendum in early 2011 on self-determination, the Archbishop of Canterbury's delegation to Pakistan and the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Programme for Christian-Muslim Relations in Africa.
This issue looks at news from Pakistan and the misuse of the Blasphemy Laws; reports of Interfaith meetings in Accra, Geneva and Washington; the Pew Forum report Mapping the Muslim Global Population; an update on the situation in Jos, Nigeria; Programme for Christian-Muslim Relations in Africa celebrates fifty years of Interfaith work; resource on Muslims in Europe and, in depth, at the situation in Malaysia.
This issue looks at news from China and the oppression of Uighurs in Xinjiang region; Iraq and bombing of churches in Baghdad; Malaysia and whether or not Christians can use 'Allah' for God; Somalia and the killing of Christians; Pakistan and the Taliban's introduction of jizya in Malakand; then at a Global Study of Interfaith Relations conducted by Gallup Poll, which concentrates on the integration of Muslims in Europe.
This issue looks at Christians and Identity Cards in Egypt, the call for the expansion of Shari‘ah in Nigeria, a report by the Quilliam Foundation on the training of Imams in the UK, a meeting of Iraqi church leaders, a women's interfaith initiative in Indonesia, and, in depth, at the situation in Pakistan.
This issue includes news from, Algeria, Iraq, Nigeria, Kenya and Tanzania.
This issue includes news from,the Lebanon, Pakistan, Nigeria, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
In this particular issue of the Digest, we give special attention to Christian-Muslim relations in Pakistan.
This issue includes news from, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Nigeria and the Lebanon.
This issue includes news from Egypt, Iraq, Malaysia, India, Nigeria and Israel.
This issue includes news from Malawi, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Egypt, Israel/Palestine, Pakistan and Australia.
This issue includes news from Egypt, Palestine ,Lebanon, Syria and Nigeria.
We also offer two examples of the occasional reports prepared in 2003.
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