Will Muslim-Majority States recognise the Afghan Taliban’s ‘Islamic’ regime?
By Islamic standards, the Taliban regime is unusually narrow. A University of Melbourne expert says Muslim-majority states should pause before recognising it.
Hagia Sophia reigns serene
Istanbul’s 1,500 year-old Hagia Sophia has a tumultuous history and its return to being a mosque is only the latest twist, says a University of Melbourne expert
How Arabic is a window on the world
A University of Melbourne expert's chance find in a Damascus bookshop is a reminder that to study Arabic is to be drawn into a wide, vibrant multicultural world
The oddities of existing things
Lecturer in Islamic Art, Professor Stefano Carboni discusses a key piece of Islamic literature that attempted to catalogue life, universe and everything.
India’s alliance politics
With the Modi magic waning, a University of Melbourne expert says the 2019 Indian general elections are a story of alliances and partnerships.
Pariah to partner: The West’s premature embrace of Myanmar
As Myanmar faces censure over a military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims; a University of Melbourne expert says the West embraced the former dictatorship too soon
Twisting the law on the way to the battlefield
How governments contort global and domestic laws to wage war on non-state Islamist forces, and how those forces invoke Islamic law to justify their actions.