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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. ...

Muslim Personal Law: Get a Just Code, Not Uniform Code
Faizan Mustafa

Even all Hindus in the country are not governed by one law. Marriage among close relatives is prohibited in the north but is permitted in the south. It is also true for the Muslims and Christians. The Constitution protects the local customs of Nagaland. Similar protection is enjoyed by the people in Meghalaya and Mizoram....

The Muslim Question: Raucous Debates in France about the Compatibility of Islamic Practices with Republican Values
Dileep Padgaonkar

Does the presence of a large, if diversified, Muslim community in France threaten to dispossess French society of what has held it together in the past – culture, language, lifestyles and, above all, the republican values that have sustained it for more than two centuries? The latter include a single legal system for all citizens, adherence to basic freedoms, gender equality and a strict separation of religion from the public sphere....

 

My Plea from Prison: Malaysia Must Choose Freedom over Repression
Anwar Ibrahim

My imprisonment is something I will endure as a necessary sacrifice in the struggle for democratization of my beloved country. However, far more is at stake for Malaysia than just my personal freedom. The question at hand is whether Malaysia, a country with immense potential, will rise to achieve it, or whether it will instead become a failed state...

 
‘Fractured Lands’: Arab Writers on a Region in Crisis
Sayed Kashua, Yasmine El Rashidi and Kanan Makiya

It was not written into the genes of the different peoples of Iraq and Syria that they would descend into anarchy because Britain and France had so botched the job of creating them in the first place. Politics in the shape of extreme dictatorships, which when they crumble give rise to hardened sectarians, layered onto decades of wars and revolutions, took the Arab peoples down today’s ghastly road.....

 

Notwithstanding the external forces affecting Muslim world; the wonderful opportunity of achievement that existed decades ago, here and in the West to create a well-adjusted, enlightened and respected Muslim community with humanitarian values, is fast slipping out of hands, to the detriment not only of the community but the world at large. Muslims should not wait for the next shock poll to show that – ‘it has already happened’!...

People of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir Should Also Acknowledge Their Mistakes
Dr Shabir Choudhry

Pakistanis must think of their priorities. Do they want to spend their resources on manufacturing more bombs and missiles and export of violence and extremism; or they want to spend their resources on education, and to eliminate poverty and improve health facilities. ...

 

Can Islam And Democracy Coexist?
Aijaz Zaka Syed

Islam enjoins mandatory Jamaah (collective) on Muslim societies, asking them to choose an Amir or leader even if two Muslims are together. Even at home they are asked to follow the same policy of consultation and consensus. After the Prophet (pbuh), first Caliph Sayyedna Abu Bakr was chosen following the same process, just as the three other Caliphs had been. Not only do Islam and democracy gel well, the very nature of the faith is democratic as well....

 


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