Christianity

Andalusia’s Ambivalence: Between Convivencia and Islamophobia

Andalusia’s Ambivalence: Between Convivencia and Islamophobia

This article has previously been published by the Center for Intercultural Dialogue and is also available as PDF. The southern Spanish province of Andalusia is a much-invaded corner of Europe. Its history and culture have been shaped by peoples as distinctive as Iberians, Phoenicians, Celts, Greeks, Carthaginians, […]

Still(ed) waters: a very short history of Mexico City

Still(ed) waters: a very short history of Mexico City

How a lake turned into one of the largest cities in the world: this is the story of Mexico City. Before the Spanish conquest, Mexico City was a kind of Venice in the middle of a couple of connected lakes, surrounded by volcanoes. It was […]

On India, poverty and religion

On India, poverty and religion

On my second day in India, I almost teared up in the back of a tuk-tuk that was driving me past households of cardboard and rags. I was slightly surprised by and appreciative of my own sensitivity: it was not the first time I was […]

Movie: Silence by Martin Scorsese

Movie: Silence by Martin Scorsese

It is a mystery to me why Martin Scorsese’s last movie Silence, about Christian missionaries in Japan, premiered at the Vatican. Although Scorsese is Catholic and at some point in his life even wanted to become a priest, it seems that more than just offering […]

If only the world made sense

If only the world made sense

If only the world made sense. It’s a jumble of arbitrary events, a mess of moments, admittedly related, but few of them making any sense to us. It’s an age-old problem: we just can’t wrap our heads around life. Religion has traditionally been a good resort. It gives answers […]

The stories of Eskibahçe

The stories of Eskibahçe

This is an extra chapter for the book Birds without wings by Louis de Bernières, which I wrote for a university course assignment. It provides a new perspective on the novel. “Lately, I have been having dreams about the former times of Eskibahçe. I have […]