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Repeal Islam’s Scarlet-Letter Sex Laws
Asra Q. Nomani

Influential Saudi cleric Muhammad Saalih Al-Munajjid, following the rigid interpretation of Islam known as Wahhabism or Salafism, condemns Zina as a crime and calls homosexuality “the most abhorrent of deeds,” calling for “execution of homosexuals,” from having them “burned with fire,” “stoned to death” and “thrown down from a high place then have stones thrown at them.”...

 

Ban on Ramzan Fasting: Restricted Religious Freedom in China
Claude Arpi

Beijing wants to show its critics that it is a ‘normal' secular nation but it fears faiths that are often more popular than the Communist creed, as the ban on fasting during Ramzan stands proof...

 

Unless the Hasina government acts, murderous religious fantatics will destroy the moderate Muslim nation. ... At stake is Bangladesh’s tradition of cultural diversity, religious tolerance and secular governance. At risk is the future of a moderate Muslim nation battered by a destructive international political cyclone that it alone cannot control.

In the current scenario some TV channels and newspapers are taking up baseless propaganda, adding to the communal poison being spread in the state. A Yale University study shows that after the acts of communal violence, BJP usually gains electorally. Kairana is yet another effort to stoke the fires, but given the media exposure it remains to be seen whether Hukum Singh and the BJP will retract from the ‘exodus’ propaganda, or take it further.

If the world desires to hold on to freedoms they hold dear -- freedom of religion included -- in the face of Islamist onslaughts like the Islamic State, the Muslim Brotherhood and the dictators these movements have spawned (from Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to Tayyip Recep Erdogan) those freedoms must be made available to all people....

China's Uyghur Crisis: The Hidden Persecution of Muslims

China is widely considered to be one of the worst countries in the world for religious freedom. But while the persecuted Church often dominates the headlines in Western media, much less is known about the persecuted Muslim community in China's far-western corner.....

 

Will Most Islamist Movements, Including Hamas, Abandon Political Islam?
Adnan Abu Amer

Yet Ghannouchi went too far in his discourse May 20 when he openly called for distancing religion from political battles, and keeping mosques away from political rivalries and partisan interests so that they unite people instead of separating them....

‘Islamism Is Dead!’ Long Live Muslim Democrats
Hussein Ibish

There would never be an epiphany in which old-school authoritarian Islamists were instantly converted in a moment of supreme insight into democratic social conservatives. It is necessarily a messy, contextual transition, primarily driven by the search for power in an Arab world where most people are devoutly Muslim but remain suspicious of the proponents of political Islam....

 

Dr Shamsi has emerged as a lone crusader of people’s rights and a fearless critic of every unjust act committed by an individual, institution of a government functionary or a writer in India. Dr Shamsi has a reputation for being blunt and merciless when it comes down to differentiate truth from a myth.....

 

Mamluks and Maliks: Why Arab Monarchies Have Survived Uprisings Better Than Republics

Strikingly, all the Arab leaders who were overthrown in 2011 were heading republics, not monarchies. Arab presidents, it seems, are hard but brittle. Nasser’s Egypt was typical of what Jean-Pierre Filiu, a former French diplomat, calls the “Mamluk state”....

 

A Mother’s Tears Bring Rival Sunni Sects Together
Seema Chishti

The Barelvi sect’s most influential cleric in India paid an unprecedented visit to Darul Uloom Deoband recently to forge a unity between the two rival schools of thought within the Sunni majority of Indian Muslims. The reason for this effort at unity was prompted by “the tears of a mother” of a young Muslim man who, the cleric said, was falsely accused of terrorism and arrested. “Our children are being targeted,” said Maulana Tauqeer Raza Khan, great-grandson of Barelvi movement founder Maulana Ahmad Raza Khan “Ala Hazrat”...

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One Humanity, One Planet, One World: Global Politics Is Dehumanising Mankind
Dr Mahboob A Khawaja

When these former neo-colonial tribal agents turned kings and princess become a liability, the US implies Plan ‘B’ to get them killed by their own people like Gadaffi in Libya, Abdulla Saleh ousted in Yemen and Saddam Hussein hanged in Iraq. The Arab coalition leaders have no sense of time and history how the US will destroy the Arab culture and civilisation by using false pretext of the war....

 

For decades, Millat-e-Islamia (Muslim community) has been raising its voice against the communal tendencies of RSS, VHP and Bajrang Dal. But now, for the first time, even Hindu organisations and leaders such as Shankaracharya Adhoksha Nand Maharaj, Swami Chakrpani Maharaj, President of Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Mahasabha, have raised alarm on their activities and have demanded strictest actions against such organisations which are disturbing the peaceful environment of the country...

 

Why Is Tunisia's Ennahda Ditching Political Islam?
Larbi Sadiki

Is Tunisia's Ennahda party renouncing 'Islamism', its doctrinaire sine qua non and the basis of its foundational identity? Ennahda, a movement that emerged in the late 1970s as a national political party with an Islamic frame of reference, is now committing to separate the religious (al-da'awi ) from the political (al-siyasi).....

 

No Muslims Allowed: How Nationalism Is Rising In Aung San Suu Kyi's Myanmar
Poppy McPherson

At the entrance to Thaungtan village there’s a brand new sign, bright yellow, and bearing a message: “No Muslims allowed to stay overnight. No Muslims allowed to rent houses. No marriage with Muslims.”....

 

What Is The Arabic For Democracy?

“The revolution was for nothing. We changed one family of thieves for many families of thieves. This country depends on tourism. Now there are no tourists.” Such is the harsh judgment of one stallholder on Avenue Habib Bourguiba in Tunis, scene of many protests during the 2011 revolution...

 

India Should Avoid Pakistan’s Path to Extremism
Anuradha Chenoy

It is well established that young boys — victims of the Afghan conflicts — were adopted and schooled in Pakistani madrasas and trained to become the lethal Talibs. Even while they assisted in the removal of Soviet rule, Afghanistan especially, but also other countries and people in the region, paid the price exacted by the ruthless Taliban....

 

Inside Darul Uloom Deoband, a Seminary under Siege
Mohammad Ali

...one of the most influential Islamic institutions in the world that frames Islamic discourse in the subcontinent — retreating further and further into its shell at being besieged. Students, research scholars, teachers and sympathisers betray a disturbing narrative, one in which the members of the Deoband community are on the defensive despite not having done anything that runs afoul of the law.....

The Breakdown of Arab States

Arab states are suffering a crisis of legitimacy. In a way, they have never got over the fall of the Ottoman Empire. The prominent ideologies—Arabism, Islamism and now jihadism—have all sought some greater statehood beyond the frontiers left by the colonisers....

 

The Arab Withering: Who Should Be Blamed?
Roger Cohen

Bearded members of the Muslim Brotherhood, their skin scarred by the torture of Mubarak’s security state, embraced secular Egyptian liberals and declared common cause. Young men and women, their eyes burning with conviction, proclaimed that the 18 days in Tahrir had given their lives meaning for the first time...

 

For anybody reflecting on India-Pakistan relations, the abiding question must be that given the cultural similarities between India and Pakistan, why can’t they be friendly neighbours like the US and Canada?..

 

After 12 years of the attack, the Supreme Court finally acquitted all of the convicts and recorded its anguish over the conduct of the investigation agencies, which had booked and got convicted, innocents. It can only be hoped that anguish is the beginning of reform.....

 
London Has Come a Long Way
Sunanda K. Datta-Ray

London Has Come a Long Way

London has come a long way since the 1950s when an elderly Londoner boasted she jabbed coloured people in the underground with her handbag so that she could smile sweetly and apologise just to show them whites could be nice....

 

The Only Way to Solve Iraq’s Political Crisis
Zaid al-Ali

Without new blood, these vital reforms have no chance of success. And without a new culture of accountability for government officials, Iraq has no hope...

 

Snoozing While The Region Smoulders: What Is The Point Of The Arab League?

The Arab League is not alone in wrestling with the end of an age of heroes, and the erosion of multilateral ideology by resurgent nationalism...

 
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