Faith

Research on Covid-19 and Faith

2020-05-20T08:00:00+00:00

What do we need to take into account when planning research on Covid-19 and faith? In this blog post, HAD’s Head of Research Dr Jennifer Philippa Eggert argues that we should learn from research responses to previous crises in order to avoid past mistakes. Risks and opportunities for research on Covid-19 If someone had described the situation we are currently finding ourselves in a year ago, I am not sure I would have managed to keep a straight face. Actually, it is quite likely that I would have burst into laughter … or indulged in a serious roll of the eyes [...]

Research on Covid-19 and Faith2020-05-20T08:00:00+00:00

A Very Different Ramadan? Practising Faith during the Coronavirus Crisis

2020-04-23T08:00:00+00:00

A crisis – with challenges and new openings The spread of the coronavirus has caused a crisis that poses challenges many of us have never had to deal with before. We are affected by it in different ways, depending on who we are and where we live, but there are very few who do not find dealing with the situation difficult on some level. At the same time, many have also pointed out positives in the crisis, silver linings, which those of us who have the very basics secured (such as health, safety, appropriate accommodation, sufficient food, a stable income), may [...]

A Very Different Ramadan? Practising Faith during the Coronavirus Crisis2020-04-23T08:00:00+00:00

Does Religion Help You Heal?

2020-03-02T08:00:00+00:00

March 2, 2020 Does Religion Help You Heal? Does religion help you heal when you’re in an unstable mental state? Many people have a belief system, whether that be in the form of organised religion or not. Some of us may just be spiritual people generally and some may believe in Mother Nature and send their prayers to Mother Earth. Religion appeared centuries ago - the ancient man had different forms of worship: the sun, the moon, or a higher hidden force named God or Allah. Today, there are various religions and rather than religion becoming less popular, it is in [...]

Does Religion Help You Heal?2020-03-02T08:00:00+00:00

Cities, the Climate Crisis, and Islam

2020-02-12T08:00:00+00:00

February 12, 2020 Cities, the Climate Crisis, and Islam 2020 World Urban Forum Between the 8th and 13th February 2020, Abu Dhabi will host the Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum, “the foremost international gathering for exchanging views and experiences on sustainable urbanization in all its ramifications”. As it is organised and convened by UN-Habitat, it is fitting that the scale of urbanisation is reflected by the current UN-Habitat executive director Maimunah Mohd Sharif, who recently highlighted that “by 2050, around two-thirds of people will live in the cities. The most marginalized will be poor people living in coastal areas [...]

Cities, the Climate Crisis, and Islam2020-02-12T08:00:00+00:00

How faith can help refugee and migrant women to heal from sexual and gender-based violence

2024-05-09T12:06:14+00:00

November 25, 2019 How faith can help refugee and migrant women to heal from sexual and gender-based violence This blog on How faith can help refugee and migrant women to heal from sexual and gender-based violence was first published on The Age of Superdiversity blog hosted by the University of Birmingham and Institute for Research into Superdiversity. Forced migration experience is often a traumatic and unpredictable experience. Migrants fleeing their countries of origin rarely expect to encounter the worst hazards, like kidnapping, human trafficking and confinement. In Medenine and Zarzis in southern Tunisia, 15 refugee and migrant women from ten Sub-Saharan [...]

How faith can help refugee and migrant women to heal from sexual and gender-based violence2024-05-09T12:06:14+00:00

Islamophobia in Western Media: Spreading from the West to Other Parts of the World?

2024-05-18T17:50:26+00:00

November 21, 2019 Islamophobia in Western Media: Spreading from the West to Other Parts of the World? Research has shown that Western media coverage of terrorism is often based on Islamophobic assumptions. Islamophobia in Western media is increasingly spreading to other parts of the world, which rely on Western news outlets, yet have little everyday exposure to Muslims.   The Power of the Press Since the late 1700s, news media and the press have been considered some of the most important sources of power, being referred to as the “fourth estate” or “fourth power”. The term was derived from the traditional [...]

Islamophobia in Western Media: Spreading from the West to Other Parts of the World?2024-05-18T17:50:26+00:00

An Islamic perspective on how to avoid negative effects of NGO programmes

2019-11-06T10:14:04+00:00

November 6, 2019 An Islamic perspective on how to avoid negative effects of NGO programmes The recent publication by House of Peace of a collection of stories from the field of humanitarian/development operations in Lebanon and Syria is a reminder that while humanitarian relief operations are far more cognisant of the potential negative effects of their work than was the case twenty years ago, negative effects do still occasionally happen. Humanitarians, development professionals and peacebuilding actors all have stories of initiatives that have failed, projects that have unintentionally caused harm or people who have behaved in undignified ways.  A conflict sensitive [...]

An Islamic perspective on how to avoid negative effects of NGO programmes2019-11-06T10:14:04+00:00

Faith-based charities face ‘additional level of scrutiny’ based on ‘inaccurate’ perceptions

2019-10-08T09:12:19+00:00

October 8, 2019 Faith-based charities face ‘additional level of scrutiny’ based on ‘inaccurate’ perceptions Charity leaders have raised concerns about the “challenging climate” faith organisations are working in, during Civil Society Media’s inaugural Faith Charities Forum yesterday. Islamic Relief Worldwide’s head of governance Khaleel Desai and head of media and external relations Simona French led a session about protecting reputations, drawing on their own experiences at Islamic Relief. They addressed some of the issues faith charities can experience and how to tackle them. Desai said Islamic Relief has faced an “additional level of scrutiny” from some of the public and media. He said it [...]

Faith-based charities face ‘additional level of scrutiny’ based on ‘inaccurate’ perceptions2019-10-08T09:12:19+00:00

The Values Underpinning the Muslim Charity Sector

2019-07-31T11:12:14+00:00

July 31, 2019 The Values Underpinning the Muslim Charity Sector In the last 10 years the wider aid and development community has started to become aware of the magnitude of philanthropic giving and wealth redistribution within the Muslim World (not least in the UK) as data on annual zakat and charitable flows became estimated for the first time by the UN and other agencies.  What is less understood by the wider community are the drivers behind the Muslim charitable sector. At its heart lies the huge emphasis in Islamic teaching on the protection of life,  the fulfilment of social obligations, and belief [...]

The Values Underpinning the Muslim Charity Sector2019-07-31T11:12:14+00:00

The Role of Faith in Psychosocial Response

2024-05-09T12:00:43+00:00

July 24, 2019 The Role of Faith in Psychosocial Response Religion and belief can act as powerful coping mechanism for individuals dealing with traumatic experiences. Despite this fact, the role of faith in psychosocial response to trauma often tends to be overlooked by practitioners working with survivors of trauma, R&D and IPD are addressing this significant gap by working on a one-year research project on ‘Developing a Faith Sensitive Psycho-Social Response to Trauma amongst Muslim Women’ (co-led by R&D and the International Programmes Division at IRW). Funding for the project has been approved by IR Canada. HAD Postgraduate Fellows Sandra Iman [...]

The Role of Faith in Psychosocial Response2024-05-09T12:00:43+00:00
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