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    Casa Árabe publishes the fifth issue of the series Documentos de Casa Árabe (Casa Árabe's Documents), which depicts The Gallup Coexist Index 2009:A Global Study of Interfaith Relations. With an in-depth analysis of Muslim integration in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

    The role of religion in peace and war is one of the most hotly debated issues of our time. Policy-makers, pundits, and peacemakers alike have struggled to understand the complex relationships between people across faith lines. Political conflicts that divide different faith groups can grow into religious conflicts, while religious differences in one community can turn into political conflicts. And yet, in this turbulent atmosphere, there are also poignant examples of coexistence and goodwill among faith groups.

    With the aim of contributing to a better understanding of the debate on the important dynamic of the interfaith relations, Gallup has partnered with Coexist Foundation to disseminate the results of the global poll study, carried out by them and independently, which constitutes the first annual report on the state of the issue in various countries, and which Casa Árabe now publishes in Spanish.

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    Report prepared on the occasion of the celebration of a workshop on Oman economic openness and liberalization: expansion sectors and opportunities for the Spanish enterprise, organized by Casa Árabe in Madrid, Seville and Pamplona. With graphs, information and up-dated analysis published in various Oman and international medias and institutions, the document analyses the macroeconomic situation in Oman, as well as the openness and liberalization process carried out in the country, in sectors such as tourism, renewable energies, infraestructures and telecommunications, among others, which represent nowadays interesting business opportunities for Spanish enterprises.

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    Judicial independence, an essential element for the protection of human rights and freedoms, is an objective not yet achieved in various countries of the Mediterranean region.
    Many national and international agencies are developing plans for justice reform in the region, but it is difficult to distinguish the concrete actions and specific aims of each one. This report was prepared and published originally by the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network, and is now published in Spanish in Casa Árabe’s Documents series. It examines initiatives being taken, and describes sources of finance available for all actions related to the independence of judicial power.

    The authors intend it to serve as a starting point to undertake projects and other activities aimed at strengthening judicial independence in the region, so that donors and participants are better informed about what has been achieved so far, and future needs in the short and long term.

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    Note prepared for a round table on Political dimensions of the world economic crisis: a perspective from the Arab world, which analysed various consequences of the economic crisis in Arab countries. With graphs, tables and information from latest published reports on the subject by international institutions, media and the Arab press, the document describes how the world economic downturn has infected Middle Eastern and North African countries since mid-2008. It analyses the effects on specific countries and sectors, and the challenges presented by effects of the crisis in this complex and diverse region.

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    Yemen’s complex and turbulent recent history has produced an experience in the country that is in many respects unique in the Arab world, since it is based on a system of inclusion and power-sharing that discourages authoritarian temptations. However, the rise of Islamist movements and the demands of the United States and their “war on terror” have in recent years disturbed the fragile equilibrium of this country in the Arabian Peninsula.

  • The odyssey of the German-Turkish Hilafet Devleti (Caliphate State) illustrates a series of features common to political radicalisation in general and to the Islamist type in particular. It shows on one hand the value of radicalisation as a conscious strategy to maintain or increase social protagonism. On the other, it reveals how developing extreme and minority plans goes hand in hand with a theatrical presentation that plays an essential role in a media-dominated society.

    The document is available in Spanish and English

  • Studies of religious experience in the context of migration often assume that Muslim immigrants don’t become integrated, or do so less than those from other religious contexts. This assertion is totally false, and not supported by comparative data: rather it is taken as a premise, which makes studies focus on that collective and ignore migrants of other confessions; this in turn reinforces the idea that the Muslim community is especially strange or problematic.

  • Morocco today is one of the main centres for migration to the European Union. The complex phenomenon of migration is determined by many variables, but unemployment and poverty are undoubtedly the most important elements to consider: they act as a spur to immigration and are simultaneously affected by it, since migrants’ remittances and investments help soften their impact.

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    This text is published to mark the conference on Suicide terrorism given by the author in Casa Árabe on 11 September 2008, as part of Casa Árabe’s Tribune programme.

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    This text, available in both English and Spanish, was written on the occasion of the author’s participation in a round table on “Creativity, dissidence and women in Arab societies”, organised by Casa Árabe on 24 June 2008 as part of Casa Árabe’s Bookstand programme.

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