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Political Tolerance As The Foundation Of A New World Order: The UAE Model
Diana Galeeva

Many commentators foresee a world order based on populism. However, President Trump’s foreign and domestic policies do not represent the beginning of a new order, it is an only an attempt to create policies that differ from a liberal world order which relies on co-operation and peacekeeping to project power. Democratic strategy cost millions of lives in Iraq, Somalia, and in the Middle East during the Arab Spring....

Imam’s Brilliant Reply To the ‘Muslim Vote’ Bogey
Aditya Menon

And if you go and cast your vote, you will get Sawaab (blessings) from Allah. On the other hand, if you fail to go and vote, it is an error that will be held against you.” The right to vote is a beautiful right that we have been given as Indians and we must treat it with the kind of piety with which we treat our religious obligations. …

The spearhead of a backsliding “Islam” is the wicked Wahhabis and their Saudi superiors. This symmetric synergy of small-minded Salafis and lavish bank account Saudis has wreaked havoc in the Muslim East: Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Bahrain, Libya, etc. But now the Salafi-Saudi magic is backfiring — big-time.....

 

On this issue, one of the two important concomitant commandments, that is, Halal حَلال and Tayyeb طیب, the latter is hardly ever mentioned by the religions operatives. For simple reason that if they did, the whole Halal industry comprising of trillion dollars of commerce in the world, will collapse. Even governments in the West, traders in live cattle and Halal industry are netting billions in export and so are loath to stop it.....

The stance of the Myanmar government that the Rohingyas are illegal immigrants and thus, not the original inhabitants of Myanmar does not stand the test of historical records. It has a ridiculous that these people have been living in Arakan (later renamed as Rakhine) for over 500 years — even before its capture by the Burmese army in the early 15th century. Ever since the capture of Rakhine, the Rohingya Muslims are now referred as illegal immigrants from East Bengal...

 

The Muslim Question: Do You Want Them To Feel Indian Or Not?
Sunil Sharan

As far as beef is concerned, Hindus are largely unworried when Parsis, Christians and even other Hindus consume it but see red when Muslims do so. Secularism is enshrined in the preamble to the Constitution, its most important page. Cow protection is in the Directive Principles of State Policy. In the Constituent Assembly, some Hindutva types wanted to impose a beef ban. But members from the Northeast stood up to protest. Beef was their staple diet. If banned, they would secede from the Union....

Indian Muslims Have a Unique Role to Play in Resolving Global Islam’s Crisis
Syed Ata Hasnain

The educated and evolved Indian Muslim community must come out to engage with conservative Muslims whose fears may still be alive. Living in many isolated areas in smaller towns and cities there are a large number who are still poverty-stricken and unsure of themselves. As Islam witnesses turf and sectarian battles elsewhere, Indian Muslims must shun them, battle poverty and enhance their social empowerment. They should avoid becoming pawns in the larger games of other nations.....

 

Israel’s Vision for the Future Is Terrifying
Ramzy Baroud

Empirical historical evidence and a little common sense are enough to tell us the type of future options Israel has in store for the Palestinians: Perpetual apartheid, ethnic cleansing or a mix of both. The passing of the Regularization Bill on Feb. 6 is all we need to imagine the Israeli-envisaged future. The new law allows the government to retroactively recognize Jewish outposts built without official permission on privately owned Palestinian land....

A Settler’s View of Israel’s Future
Yishai Fleisher

Israel never seems to have a good answer to accusations against the settlement enterprise. Whenever the claim that Israel stole Palestinian lands is heard, Israel’s answers inevitably are: “We invented the cellphone,” “We have gay rights,” “We fly to help Haiti after an earthquake.” Obvious obfuscation. And when pushed to explain why the much-promised two-state solution is perennially stuck, the response is always to blame Arab obstructionism....

 

Meanwhile, mainstream Han society, especially on the Chinese web, has grown increasingly vitriolic toward Muslims. Han chauvinism and ethnocentric nationalism are common in online forums, occasionally including Islamophobic warnings that the mosque will soon overshadow the Party. Yet Islam appears to be thriving among the Hui. Hui Muslims make up the majority of the approximately 14,000 Chinese pilgrims who go on hajj to Mecca each year....

 

It's Too Late To Stop the Senseless Capture of Palestinian Land
Sarah Helm

Blame will lie with the misguided hawks of Israel’s political right. But most of all it will rest with our own spineless world leaders who could have implemented international law and stopped the illegal building and the senseless capture of Palestinian land, when they had the chance....

 

Could Muammar Gaddafi’s Son Saif Al-Islam Solve the Libya Crisis?
Hanne Nabintu Herland

Millions marched in Libya July 1st, 2011 in support of the government of Muammar Gaddafi, and pleaded for NATO to stop the destruction of the country. At that time, the massive support for Gaddafi was not reported in the mainstream media, yet it was well known that Gaddafi had many supporters. Libya was Africa’s richest country, a socialist, welfare state with lavish benefits, free education, and good living standards. Since 2003, Libya had opened up towards the West in a liberalization process largely led by Saif al-Islam Gaddafi...

For many people, Yusuf Al Qaradawi epitomises moderate Islam. From banning female circumcision to allowing coeducation, the Qatar-based Egyptian cleric’s bold and progressive edicts have challenged conservative views for decades. But he often comes under fire for his views in favour of suicide bombing....

The Curious Sobriety of Turkey’s Islamists
Nuray Mert

By the way, the sobriety of the Turkish government and Turkish Islamists has not been limited to their reactions to the Russians. The Israeli Parliament recently approved thousands of new settlements in the West Bank and conducted missile attacks on Gaza, but there has been great silence on the side of Turkey’s government and Islamist circles.....

 

A Conversation in Deoband: Muslims Do Not Think They Have the Extra Burden of Defeating the BJP in Each And Every Election
Harish Khare

The Muslims do not think they have the extra burden of defeating the BJP in each and every election. Rather there is an acute realisation that there will be an electoral contest every now and then, and this democratic rite should not be allowed to accentuate the differences and polarisation. Nor is there any feeling that defence of the secular values and arrangements is their particular burden. Secularism is a collective undertaking and commitment....

Muslims and UP Elections: Do They Have a Real Choice?
Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

Let’s us start with the grand secular alliance of the SP and Congress. They are the favourites for the Muslim vote. But their record in terms of Muslim empowerment and security is not as good as it is made out to be. For one, Muslims have remained the most deprived category in Uttar Pradesh. The level of education and employment is appalling. Not just that: A comparative analysis will show that within Indian Muslims, they are perhaps the most deprived in terms of social, educational and economic indicators.....

SRK’s New ‘Muslim’ Roles: His Playing a Muslim in Three Successive Films Triggers another Silly Edition of India’s Culture Wars
Shah Rukh Khan

I was accused – including by my leftist friends – of behaving like a “Muslim” rather than an “Indian” voter after I wrote an article highlighting the limited credible choices available to Muslims in the assembly elections. The SRK-Raees debate is to be seen in this wider context of how all Muslims are seen as being torn between their Muslim-ness and Indian-ness. To me, that’s more troubling than SRK’s role in one film....

Admittedly, Salafism is a very confusing term and people use it very loosely to refer to any number of phenomena. When the Ahl-i Hadiths or the Salafists use it for themselves, they mean a theological commitment to a certain understanding of God and to a certain interpretation of Islam which tends to be very literal and tends to be against what they consider to be innovations — new things that have come into Islam after the early centuries....

How the Islamic Alliance Led by Pakistan’s Raheel Sharif Could Pose a Threat to India
Rakesh Krishnan Simha

When Saudi Arabia announced that it had cobbled together a global Islamic alliance to fight terror, and that the organisation would be headed by Raheel Sharif, the recently retired army chief of Pakistan, there was derisive laughter across the civilised world. After all, Saudi Arabia backs several vicious Islamic terror groups in Syria, while Pakistan is the world’s largest incubator and exporter of terror.....

Terror Targeting India: A Lid on Lashkar, Jaish Takes Jihadi Centre Stage In Pakistan
Praveen Swami

Experts say the long leash given to the Jaish could be part of a deliberate strategy by the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate. “The Jaish is is not as publicity-oriented as the Lashkar,” notes scholar Ayesha Siddiqa, “and has over years managed to stay aloof from popularity contests among the jihadis, which is why it has managed to acquire the reputation of being India and Kashmir focused.”....

 

Myanmar's Rohingya: Truth, Lies and Aung San Suu Kyi
Jonah Fisher

Ministries she controls and officials she directly employs are rubbishing the accounts of desperate people and repeating as fact the denials of the Burmese army. That is the same army that has an appalling track record of burning villages and raping women from Myanmar's many ethnic minorities. Under pressure from abroad, Ms Suu Kyi did set up a commission to investigate the alleged abuses and it is due to report back in the next few days. But it is headed by the vice-president Myint Swe, a former general, and is widely expected to be a whitewash. The truth about what has been happening in northern Rakhine state may never be truly uncovered.....

Liberals Pay the Price for Trump and Saudi-Supported Illiberalism
James Dorsey

The ultra-conservative alliance, buoyed by Trump’s policies, includes Saudi-backed ultra-conservative ideologies and governments that are beneficiaries of Saudi largess and opportunistically play politics with religion, as well as anti-Saudi jihadists. Saudi largesse is part of a massively funded, decades-long soft power play by the kingdom designed to box-in Iran by globally promoting an ultra-conservative, supremacist, intolerant strand of Islam...

 

If We Can't Scrap Blasphemy Law, Simply Don't Use It
Azis Anwar Fachrudin

Meanwhile, Rizieq’s prosecution, in my opinion, must continue. This will give a lesson to the Muslim groups who insist on upholding the law that the law can be used against them. This move is particularly significant given that rational arguments cannot convince them. As an old Arabic proverb goes: “He who lives in a house made of glass must not throw stones on others’.”...

 

Trump’s Ban on Muslim Refugees: Counter-Terror Strategy or Politically Motivated Slugfest?
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

It cannot be denied that the eight million American citizens are at increasing risk for the daunting challenge from terrorist groups operating from outside the US, particularly Syria, Iraq and several West Asian and North African Muslim countries. Some of these groups including ISIS, Al Qaeda, Al Shabab, and Boko Haram have indiscriminately targeted the American citizens in several nefarious terror attacks. Given this, the uncompromising counter-terror stances such as the above will considerably help rescue the US citizens who are wantonly attacked by the radical Islamist terrorists.....

The Art of the Deal in Afghanistan
Barnett R. Rubin

The administration’s counterterrorism policy would make a political settlement impossible, which is probably fine with Mr. Trump. A peace process requires differentiating the Taliban from global jihadists, integrating the former so as to isolate the latter. The leaked draft of an executive order to revive torture and re-establish black sites, however, referred to “a global armed conflict with ISIS, Al Qaeda, the Taliban and other associated international Islamist terrorist groups,” and made no distinction among them....

 


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