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When crackdowns and cooptation fail: What constrains religious opposition forces in Bangladesh?

  • Associate Professor Matthew Nelson & Dr Mubashar Hasan,

It seems unlikely that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will cultivate a vibrant multi-party democracy in Bangladesh.

‘Islam, authoritarianism, and underdevelopment: A global and historical comparison’ by Ahmet Kuru

  • Dr Husnia Underabi,

What happened to the era when Muslims were at the forefront of advancing philosophical and scientific knowledge? Why is the Muslim world suffering at the hands of authoritarian regimes?

Exclusion, mistrust and coercion: Religious minorities and Islamic nationhood in Pakistan

  • Dr Imran Ahmed,

Mapping theological tolerance of unbelief, heterodoxy and orthodoxy in Pakistan remains the subject of intense political contestation.

What is Islam? The highly contested debate about ‘Islam’ in Bangladeshi politics and culture

  • Dr Mubashar Hasan,

‘Islam’ in Bangladesh should be understood as a phenomenon with complex meanings.

Islamic challenges to Pakistan’s transgender rights law

  • Professor Jeffrey A. Redding,

Pakistan broke ground in 2018 with its legislation of a transgender rights law. But how has the situation unfolded since then?