Islam and Partial Modernization: “There Was No Liberation from Medieval Elements”

If his interview Taufik Ibrahim argues that the main problem for Muslims is that the traditional, medieval understanding of religion has not yet been overcome. This traditional understanding is connected with the loss of the initial creative impulse of early Islam, with the so-called closure of the gate of ijtihad. Both the fundamentalists and the reformist typically reference the early Islamic period. But the question is, why do they do so?

Pentecostalism: Transnational Voluntarism in the Global Religious Economy

This article deals with the phenomenon of global Pentecostalism, which, together with the other charismatic movements, is the fastest growing form of Christianity in most regions of the ‘Global South’ (especially in Latin Ameri- ca and Africa). The spread of Pentecostalism leads not only to a new format of inter-religious relations, but also to the aggravation of the contradictions between the logic of nation-states and the logic of transnational movements, which go across national borders.

The New Religious Constellations in the Frameworks of Contemporary Globalization and Civilizational Transformation

This article deals with the new global civilizational constellations which are evolving before our eyes. These new constellations emerge by virtue of the ongoing social, political, institutional and cultural transformations.