by Sümeyye Kocaman for ISLAMiCommentary on JANUARY 7, 2015:

Sümeyye Kocaman
Sümeyye Kocaman

As we hear more and more about the Caliphate, the ummah, Islamic law and the Islamic State, I am surprised by many things: the so-called experts’ lack of information; how the facts are being politically manipulated; how people of faith are letting religion be used in this minefield; and worse, how people of faith believe that religion can be used to legitimize inhumane, political arguments.

When we hear religion as a political argument — e.g. how an ‘Islamic state’ is needed to provide freedom for Muslims who have been victimized for centuries — we must see this as merely a new wave of nationalism backed up by the power of religious discourse. Religious discourse has the highest potential to mobilize crowds. If the discourse is powerful enough some local groups or even the society at large can be mobilized into an emotional mob that cares little for reason. Their voices — pure political ideology.

In the modern world religion and politics continue to be dangerously intertwined. We can regard this crisis of religion as a chance to reverse a vicious cycle. Continue reading

EDITED by MARA A. LEICHTMAN and DOROTHEA SCHULZ for CITY AND SOCIETY (Volume 24, Issue 1 by THE AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION), APRIL 6, 2012: 

(Abstract/First paragraph of Introduction)

Cosmopolitanism has become the new buzzword of the past two decades. Some of its meanings can be traced to the Cynics or the Stoics in Greek antiquity, others to the 18th century elaboration of the concept by Immanuel Kant. Some authors even posit a new cosmopolitanism linked to the contemporary processes of globalization, deregulation of markets, post-nationalism, migration, and feminism (e.g. Hannerz 2004). Continue reading