The term shari'a often sparks strong emotions - either in favour, or against. While shari'a has become the subject of growing concern in Western societies over the past decades, crucial questions as to the conceptualization of this notion have remained largely unexplored.
Recent events around the trial against Dutch politician Geert Wilders demonstrate that our laws prohibiting hate speech should be reconsidered. Not only for the sake of the right to freedom of expression in political debate, but also in order to protect independence of both parliament and judiciary.
50 years after landing on the moon the media and scientists still dream about further exploring space. Yet the images of planet earth have shifted our focus: we return to where we started, with a renewed awareness of the place we have always lived in.