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The structure of Islamic toleration

argument. Different schools of Islamic thought in its heyday debated such questions as to whether Christians should be allowed to ring church bells and whether Zoroastrians were ‘People of the Book’. The dhimmi rules do survive today in some Muslim majority countries such as Saudi Arabia, but the old pluralism of Islamic legal doctrines has been replaced by competition with the

in Islamic charities and Islamic humanism in troubled times
The case of post-tsunami reconstruction in Aceh

in Sri Lanka have been well documented: competition among the NGOs to spend funds quickly, and acute difficulties in local coordination (Stirrat 2006 ). But the scale of the disaster in Aceh was even larger, as it was nearer the epicentre. Some 8 billion US dollars were pledged by governments and NGOs to rebuild Aceh, and an estimated 4 billion had been spent already by April 2007: a huge

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to the 73 per cent of the local vote it received a month ago. ‘We want partnership with Fatah,’ he said. ‘Democracy is competition and makes us stronger.’ Hamas in the legislature will monitor government work, especially finances and accounts, to prevent corruption, he said, and to improve

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