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Stop Projecting Muslims In India As A Minority! We Can Do Better Than That!!
M Rafiqul Awal, New Age Islam

It's time we replace the mediocre "leaders" who have been projecting Muslims of India as "Minority" and subjecting them to begging for a few crumbs in a system of democracy, based on a powerful foundation of Secularism. Powerful, because the Constitution of Secular India does NOT provide any avenue for progress on the basis of Religion, as is warranted by the very definition of Secularism. If Religion had been the qualification for Rights to Progress, then India would be reduced to a Failed State, like Pakistan has turned into one.....

Revisiting Religious Discourse, Remembering Shuja Khanzada: New Age Islam’s Selection From Pakistan Press, 18 August 2015

Living In a Shell of Patriotism

By Rai Ghulam Mustafa

Revisiting Religious Discourse

By Farman Kakar

Parenting Terror

By Owen Bennett-Jones

Afghanistan after Mullah Omar

By Javid Husain

Pakistan’s Big Question

By Ayaz Amir

Remembering Shuja Khanzada, the True Patriot of Pakistan

By Zafar Zulqurnain Sahi

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

Rampant Taliban, Cowering Kabul: New Age Islam’s Selection from Pakistan Press, 17 August 2015

The Seven Long Years When Pakistan Did Not Sing Its National Anthem

By Akhtar Balouch

When Was Pakistan Founded?

By Yasser Latif Hamdani

Rampant Taliban, Cowering Kabul

By S Mubashir Noor

Exploiting Tragedy

By Juggun Kazim

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

Maulana Hussain Ahmad Madani: The Watan and the Indian-Muslim Identity
Maulana Hussain Ahmad Madani (1879-1957)

Madani in many ways was an exception to the norm. As an Alim he was motivated more by the concerns of territorial nationalism as opposed to establishing a nation based on religious considerations. The support a section of the Deobandi Ulema gave to the Muslim League’s idea of two-nation theory was because they read into it a means to establish the supremacy of Muslims, both religious and numerical….

 

Some Issues of Muslim Religious Schools in India
Shirin Dalvi

We cannot ignore the fact that about 95% of Muslim children go to formal (non-Madrasa) schools. However, the opportunities and conveniences that should come as a result of such formal education are not available to them the way they should be. Talking about the progress of Madrasas is a convenient way for the government to put a veil on the discriminations faced by them in formal schools and the shortcomings of its own policies. There is also a feeling among Muslims that one of the reasons the government focuses so much on Madrasas is because it remains unaware of the needs and objectives of educational institutions where Muslim students go….

In Malaysia and Turkey, Are We Witnessing The End Of Moderate Islam?
Daniel Woker

However, one cannot avoid noting the slow but steady Islamisation of both the private lives of Malaysia's people and their state. Authoritarian leaders in the Islamic world, as they become increasingly isolated and out of touch with the aspirations of their younger citizenry, tend to turn to religion to find allies and new credentials. Wahhabism is alive and kicking, and not only on the Gulf….

Erdogan’s Duplicity, ISIS, Kurds, and America
Taj Hashmi

One may justify Erdogan’s decision to bomb ISIS positions seemingly in retaliation against the apparently confirmed, recent “ISIS attacks” in Turkey. However, it is difficult to rule out the purported “ISIS attacks” as a false flag operation by the Turkish government. ISIS seems to have no compelling reasons to attack Turkey, which was a safe haven for foreign Islamist fighters....

 

The Muslim Brotherhood between the Manshiya Incident and Al-Sisi's Delegation
Ehsan Faqih

The date was 24 March, 1954; the place, the Presidential Palace in Cairo. General Mohamed Naguib, President of the Republic of Egypt, was trying to disperse angry crowds which had gathered because the Revolutionary Command Council had dissolved the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Naguib himself. The masses achieved their goals; the Muslim Brotherhood was saved and Naguib was back, but the angry crowds refused to leave. In the face of the crowds' refusal, Naguib asked a particular man to speak to the people. He did so; the crowds listened to him and then left. The man was martyr Abdel Qader Awda….

 

The Parochialisation of Turkish Islam
Mustafa Akyol

What I mean is Islamic thought. There was an era that this thought was promisingly becoming open-minded, globalist, and sophisticated. But we ended up, at least at this point, with an Islamic thought that is as parochial, insular and shallow as anything can be. The bright era I am talking about was the late 1990s and early 2000s…..

 

For every non-Muslim shooting suspect, the media never mentioned their religion. Moreover, in nearly every case, it was claimed that the mass shooters were suffering from some sort of mental instability. These suspects were often ostracized from both society and family, deeply depressed and suicidal. People thusly afflicted, given easy access to guns, sometimes kill people, lots of them. Then they either turn the gun on themselves or perish in a hail of anticipated bullets. Crazy, right?....

 

Why Israel Is Suddenly Owning Up To Its Terrorism
Daoud Kuttab

The horrible death of the child and his family seems to have rattled Netanyahu who responded by calling the killing a "terrorist" act which supposedly set it apart from the what the UN has documented as 2,100 acts of violence against Palestinians, their religious institutions, their homes, and other Palestinian-owned properties, committed by Jewish settlers since 2006.....

 

Saudi Arabia's New Sunni Alliance
Hussein Ibish

If the Iran nuclear deal was an earthquake shaking the Middle East’s strategic landscape, one of the most dramatic aftershocks was the surprising arrival last month in Saudi Arabia of a high-level delegation from Hamas. The visit by the Islamist organization that rules Gaza is the latest sign of an about-face in Saudi policy, which is now seeking a rapprochement with the regional Muslim Brotherhood movement, to which Hamas belongs. Saudi Arabia has long been mistrustful of the Brotherhood.....

 

Contradictions of Post-Islamism: Evidence from Turkey
Toygar Sinan Baykan

The vigilance of the elites of the Islamist movement during the turbulent years of Turkish democracy in the second half of 1970s protected Islamist organisations from using violent means. The reward for the Islamist political entrepreneurs was a less heavy-handed intervention in the Islamist movement and relatively undamaged political and social networks throughout 1980s and 1990s. One can also argue that there was a tacit approval of the Islamist politics by the new establishment of Turkey at the beginning of 1980s as a panacea to leftist movements. This, so to say, “selective pluralism” in Turkey created a virtual consensus between systemic actors and the Islamist movement.....\

 

The Idea of Reconciliation with Iran Is Fruitless
Abdulrahman al-Rashed

States are like individuals, you can tell how they are through their biography and behaviour and it’s not enough to analyze their intentions by saying that Iran’s aim of signing the nuclear deal with the West is to end the siege against it and ensure the safety of its existence. To begin with, sanctions against Iran were imposed due to its hostile behaviour and not the other way around....

 

One of the many ironies of history is that non-nuclear-weapon states, like Iran, have actually done far more for the cause of non-proliferation in practice than nuclear-weapon states have done on paper. Iran and other nuclear have-nots have genuinely “walked the walk” in seeking to consolidate the non-proliferation regime. ....

 

Libya: When Perfect Is the Enemy of Good
Peter Millett

But perfection is impossible. We all have some talents that enable us to excel at some things but struggle with others. And we all make mistakes. Recognising that we are fallible is an important step in doing things better. At work, we can work hard and try to do a perfect job. Doing a job well means taking risks, testing new things, listening to different views and trying to find the best way forward. Compromise means that any solution can’t be perfect: you can’t please all the people all the time......

 

Political Crisis in Turkey
Sahin Alpay

Erdoğan had long hoped that Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), together with other radical Islamist groups, would help topple the Assad regime in Syria, which he regards the main enemy, and also crush the Syrian Kurds' aspirations for autonomy. Now that ISIL has begun to attack Turkey, Erdogan has decided to counter and agreed to allow the United States to use a Turkish air base against it. The country is now faced also with the risk of ISIL escalating its terrorist attacks and of being drawn into the Syrian quagmire...

 

Segregate Religion from Politics
Seema Mustafa

Communalism, casteism and all such ‘isms’ based on hate and divisiveness cut into the basic unity of a nation, and more so in India that is really strung together with the federal doctrine of respect, dignity and tolerance. If the atmosphere is vitiated, it will have an impact on all, as violence cannot be contained in a box and it tends to flow out to impact, often even in unforeseen ways. To put it simplistically for reasons of space, it weakens nations....

This story is not a story of Jews against Muslims, or even a story of Israelis against Palestinians. We’re grateful for the many messages of support our village has received from Jewish communities around the world, and the groups and activists working by our side include many Israelis. This is simply a story of justice and equality against dispossession and oppression.....

 
Detente with Iran
Syed Mohammad Ali

Easing of Iranian sanctions will also give impetus to the planned Indian-Iranian deal that could offer India access to the Chabahar port and related infrastructure projects, opening up India’s access to Central Asia and Afghanistan. ...

 
An ISIS Coup against Turkey
Abdulrahman al-Rashed

An ISIS Coup against Turkey
Abdulrahman al-Rashed

We should not forget that ISIS, which achieved great victories, has also fulfilled the Syrian and Iranian regimes’ wills; sabotaging the revolution, tarnishing the image of the Syrian national movement, and damaging the camp that stood against the two regimes, such as Turkey and the Gulf states......

 

More than a quarter of the statutory investigations launched by the Charity Commission since April 2012 have been directed at Muslim charities associated with running mosques, providing humanitarian relief or undertaking aid efforts in Syria. And international banks froze a number of Muslim and non-Muslim charity accounts last year, particularly those active in the Middle East, over fears that the money could end up financing terrorism...

 

Algeria’s Invisible Arab
Roger Cohen

Musa is invisible even in death. If he had been named, Harun reflects, perhaps their mother would have received a pension. Perhaps life would not have consisted of an unrequited attempt to find the body, locate the murderer, understand the crime — even avenge it somehow. The Arabs are sullen. They wait. Harun’s reflection on the demise of French Algeria is devastating.....

 

ISIS and other jihadist groups have spread their presence in Libya dramatically since 2014, taking control of several towns in the Gulf of Sirte and attacking targets in areas controlled by both of the two main camps. Prolonged strife will only worsen the migrant and refugee crisis in the Mediterranean. The mandate of Bernardino León ....

 
The Turkish Enigma
George Friedman

The Turkish Enigma
George Friedman

Saudi Arabia sees Iran as its primary enemy. Riyadh also views the Islamic State as a threat but at the same time fears that an Iraq and Syria dominated by Iran could present an existential threat to the House of Saud. The Saudis consider events in Yemen from a similar perspective. Also in this context, Riyadh perceives a common interest with Israel in containing Iranian militant proxies as well as the Islamic State. Who exactly the Saudis are supporting in Syria and Iraq is somewhat murky, but the kingdom has no choice but to play a tactical and opportunistic game......

 


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