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Next Four Years Will Test India's Pakistan Policy; India Should Fashion an Indo-Pacific Security Alliance
Tufail Ahmad, New Age Islam

There is a section of Indians such as those represented by the Hindu fringe which worries about Pakistani terrorism and India's integrity. To them, I would like to say this: for the first time since the Mauryan Empire which lasted from the 4th through the 2nd centuries BCE, for the first time in more than 2000 years, India is militarily the strongest state which has the capability to fight both Pakistan and China at the same time. But wars are not won by the force of weapons alone. Wars are won and lost by the intellectual judgement of political leaders....

Trump’s Cabinet Members Want Jihad against Political Islam, but Their Efforts Will Fail
Juan Cole

Islam is the religion of 1.6 billion people, over a fifth of humankind.  Because of high birth-rates in Muslim countries, moreover, the proportion of the world that is Muslim will probably go to 1/3. If the United States, which is 5% of the world by population, tries to go against a third of humankind, it will lose.  But the fact is that the US has no beef with most forms of Islam or even political Islam.  And aggressive attempts to dictate to Muslims what they may believe will backfire, just as the whole Iraq War backfired.....

 

No Tears for the Rohingya
Aijaz Zaka Syed

The US and the European Union, which have shown unseemly haste in lifting international sanctions on Myanmar following its promise of political reforms, must push the government in Yangon to rein in the troops going on the rampage in Rakhine. Myanmar must open the Rakhine province to international media and allow the UN to probe the widespread abuses and crimes against humanity....     

One member of an Islamist party recently complained, “Throughout the New Order and after, we have always been a minority of second-class citizens, haven’t we?” With such rhetoric, they called on the masses to be ready for Shuhada (martyrdom) in future rallies...

Another Arab Awakening Is Looming

As states fail, youth identify more with their religion, sect or tribe than their country. In 2002, five Arab states were mired in conflict. Today 11 are. By 2020, predicts the report, almost three out of four Arabs could be “living in countries vulnerable to conflict”...

 

Ethnic Cleansing Of Rohingya Muslims as World Watches in Silence
Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi

Rohingya Muslims have lived in the north-western Myanmar state of Rakhine for several centuries. Yet they have been labelled illegal migrants and have been denied their basic rights as citizens. Buddhist extremists have deprived Rohingya Muslims of their rights with the blessings and encouragement of the Myanmar government....

 

Tolerance on Trial in Indonesia

Moderate Muslim groups such as Nahdlatul Ulema told their supporters to stay away from the protest, but politicians associated with the campaigns of Ahok’s two rivals in the election attended, all the same, along with tens of thousands of people bused in from outside the capital….

 

Even as they underlined that a multi-ethnic, multi-religious country cannot have a ‘one-size-fits-all’ law, the parties only disagreed with the BJP’s effort to reform — even if it means adopting a Uniform Civil Code – because it must come from within the Muslim community and not imposed by a party driven by Hindutva...

 

In its November 14, 2016 issue the Bangkok Post reports, “Myanmar's Rakhine state was hit by fresh waves of violence over the weekend with more than 30 'insurgents' killed during two days of fighting, the military said, as proof emerged of atrocities against villagers.” Another news outlet, Myanmar Observer has reported that Myanmar Army has rained rockets on Rohingya houses in Rakhine state killing scores, burning houses to ashes. When people started flee from their burning houses they were shot at, killing men, women and children....

Indonesian Politics: Tolerance on Trial
The Economist

Hitherto, Indonesian Muslims have not been easily swayed by sectarian arguments. Hardline groups such as FPI have staged rallies against Ahok for years, but they have rarely drawn much of a crowd or done much to reduce his popularity. Yet Ahok’s comments about the Koran seem to have offended many….

 

This is visible in the slogan “Banglar Hindu, Banglar Bouddho, Banglar Christian, Banglar Musolman, amra shobai Bangalee.” With all its graces, this slogan inevitably implies that Hindu, Buddhist, and Christian lives are worth something because they are equal to Muslim lives. That for everyone’s lives to carry value, they had to be forged into a national identity. All cultural differences that are present due to spiritual differences will have to be put aside, or at least, downplayed.....

Why I am a Progressive Islamist
Adis Duderija

Given the ongoing importance of the "Islamic" in the lives of Muslims, and the essentially contested nature of many of the major concepts in the Islamic tradition, the neologism of a progressive Islamist would, in my view, go a long way toward problematising, destabilising and, hopefully, conceptually decoupling the concept of Islamism/Islamist - and, more generally, the concept of Islam itself - from conservative, puritanical expressions of political Islam....

A Nonviolent Strategy to Liberate Syria
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

A Nonviolent Strategy to Liberate Syria
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

In order to think strategically about non-violently resolving a violent conflict, a clearly defined political purpose is needed; that is, a simple summary statement of 'what you want'. However, given the complexity of the multifaceted conflict in the case of Syria, it is strategically simpler to identify two political purposes. These might be stated thus: 1. To end the war in/on Syria, and 2. To establish a democratic form of government in Syria (which, obviously, requires removal of the dictatorship)....

When will our elections be made Shariah compliant? If they already are, then could those responsible for the “scientific measurement system to gauge the effectiveness of policies based on the teachings of Islam” please explain to us how gerrymandering is justified in the teachings of Islam?...

 

Faith and Its Limits: Religious Freedom under the Constitution Is Conditional, Open To State Intervention
Tahir Mahmood

Going by these classifications, religious practices that are Farz or Wajib for the Muslims will be covered in India by the religious freedom clause of the Constitution. Even what is recommended by religious texts can perhaps be claimed to fall under that protective umbrella, but not what is merely permissible — and certainly not any abominable practice that according to Muslim theologians themselves is Bidat (against true religion)....

Will Saudi Arabia Implode?
S P Seth

Saudi kingdom and the Wahhabi version of Islam have become indistinguishable, and used to strictly supervise and control people’s ‘moral’ and social behaviour. Even with this internal compact with the clerical establishment, and partly on their behest, the Saudis still felt insecure and have gone on to promote Wahhabi version of Islam in the wider Islamic world. This supposedly would make Saudi Arabia the authentic voice of Islam...

 

Islam and Democracy -- Friends Not Foes

Perhaps most significantly the Qur'an does not say "mutual consultation of Muslims," but instead states the broader "mutual consultation," recognizing the secular form of public governance involving Muslims and non-Muslims. Chapter 4 Verse 59 reaffirms this point declaring, "Verily, Allah commands you to make over the trusts to those entitled to them, and that, when you judge between men, you judge with justice." Verse 60 further adds, "Obey Allah, and obey His Messenger, and those who are in authority among you."…

Turkey’s Intervention in Syria and Iraq: Erdogan’s War Game

Over the objections of his Iraqi neighbours and American allies, Mr Erdogan has also clamoured for a greater role in the offensive against IS in Mosul, citing a duty to protect his fellow Sunnis from Shia militias. His talk of an incursion is probably bluster, designed to sustain a wave of nationalist frenzy…

 

Legislative Inaction on Reform Issues Such As Triple Talaq Leads To Law Making By the Judiciary
Tahir Mahmood

Should irretrievable breakdown of marriage be a ground for divorce under the statutory marriage laws of India? Can a woman facing savagery at the instance of another woman at home seek relief under the anti-domestic violence law? Will the word ‘Talaq’ texted on a cellphone to a married Muslim woman by her husband instantly dissolve her marriage?....

How Israel Seeks to Erase the Region’s History
Jonathan Cook

In Nazareth’s old city is the world’s only “synagogue church”, where Jesus reputedly delivered his first sermon. It is a reminder that many local Jews would soon be calling themselves Christians, and later Muslims. Farther north, in the town of Bokaya, an ancient synagogue can be found next to churches and mosques. For centuries the Abrahamic faiths lived alongside each other in a communal harmony unknown in Europe....

It is also time for the Muslim community to introspect on how things have come to such a pass. That the “Shariah” law as practiced in India falls short of meeting the evolved standards of gender justice and equality is a given. Practices like triple Talaq, Halala and polygamy, steeped in patriarchal and medieval narratives, can hardly be regarded as just and fair....

The Future of Democracy in the Muslim World
Hamid Dabashi

From right here in the heart of this deeply flawed democracy, like millions of other Iranians in the US and around the world I have opposed crippling sanctions and warmongering against our people when you, your predecessors, and your entire regime were wasting precious resources of our nation on a wasteful, dangerous, and misbegotten nuclear project....

 

Hindutva, Polygamy and Triple Talaq
Aakar Patel

It is felt that polygamy is the instrument through which Muslims reproduce faster than Hindus and at some point will become a majority. The incidence of polygamy is actually higher among Hindus than Muslims according to the data, but the perception is powerful enough to drive this demand for the Uniform Civil Code....

Deciding Issues of Personal Law

The consequences of this Act are open to debate. Yet the message that it brings home is that the application of the usual law, as enunciated by the Supreme Court, would have been of greater benefit and extended to the Muslim woman the rights granted to other Indians. Worse, the Act generated a conflict of interest between the two principal religious communities of India, fostering hostility against each other and the government....

Triple Talaq: A Practice against Modernity
M Venkaiah Naidu

“The times they are a-changin’” sang Bob Dylan many years ago. But, unfortunately, hundreds of Indian Muslim women, who have been victims of the instant triple Talaq practice, seem to be caught in a time warp controlled and dominated by an anti-progressive patriarchal society. It is truly shocking that an abhorrent practice like triple Talaq, which has been banned in many countries, still finds support in India. ...

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