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The sophisticated Islamic civilisations of Western Sub-Saharan Africa between the 13th and 19th centuries

  • Dr Abdul-Samad Abdullah,

The rich and sophisticated history of Islam in West Africa challenges colonialists’ narratives.

Indonesian vigilantes are voicing a conservative Islam, but they are not becoming terrorists

  • Dr Abdil Mughis Mudhoffir,

Members of Islamic street gangs mostly have no religious credentials, and don’t aim to establish an Islamic state.

‘Curly-Haired Kid to Killer’: Australian newspaper coverage of the Christchurch terrorist attacks

  • Dina Abdel-Mageed,

Analysing the quality and effect of media coverage of the murder of 51 Muslims in Christchurch.

How progressive, cosmopolitan and social justice-oriented Islam can help overcome sectarianism

  • Dr Adis Duderija,

There is a critical mass of well-informed Muslims for whom Sunni and Shi’i Islam are not fundamental to how they view themselves as Muslims.

How religion, geography and demography shape Pakistan’s state, society and politics

  • Professor Riaz Hassan (Honorary),

Pakistan’s politics is shaped by weak political institutions and a strident relationship between government and military. But religion and other factors also play a significant role.