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A Peek into What Saudi Arabia Might Have Been If King Faisal Was Still Alive
Nadeem F. Paracha

No other Saudi monarch before or after him has been able to match the kind of populist appeal and fame that Faisal finally cultivated for himself. To retain this appeal, Faisal began to fund various movements both on the left and the right. For example, he bankrolled various left-wing Palestinian outfits fighting against Israel, and on the right, bolstered radical right-wing groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood who were opposed to Nasserism and Ba’ath Socialism.....

 

How Non-Muslims 'Survive' in Turkey
Burak Bekdil

A non-Muslim can rise and become a darling of today's neo-Ottoman Turks. He can win hearts and minds in important offices in Ankara -- and a bright career. But to maintain his fortunes he must remain loyal to the official Islamist line, both in deed and rhetoric….

Erdogan’s Mosque-Building Frenzy
Abdullah Bozkurt

Drawing on the infamous Wahhabis of Saudi Arabia and Ayatollahs of Iran, Turkey's chief political Islamist, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his associate zealots in the government have been preoccupied with the idea of constructing mega mosques in Turkey and abroad to build influence and project a politicized religious discourse to the masses....

 

Muslim League’s use of the Ulema
Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed

I would say that the creation of Pakistan furnished the Ulema with the opportunity to realise their political project of creating an Islamic state whereas in India the Hindutva forces have not been able to subvert the secular-democratic state the Indian Constitution prescribed and the very able leadership of the prime minister consolidated and institutionalised....

Who is Bombing Whom in the Middle East?
Robert Fisk

The Saudis are bombing Yemen because they fear the Shia Houthis are working for the Iranians. The Saudis are also bombing Isis in Iraq and the Isis in Syria. So are the United Arab Emirates. The Syrian government is bombing its enemies in Syria and the Iraqi government is also bombing its enemies in Iraq....

 

The issue of the Islamic State, and the young British men and women running away to join their ranks, has captured newspaper headlines across the country yet deserves a more nuanced debate than a focus on religious ideology. Libya is often cited on the news these days as the departure point for migrants crossing the Mediterranean to reach Europe....

 

Rule of Lawlessness Makes Arabs Rise Up
Rami G. Khouri

Our Arab societies are brittle, volatile, violent and fragmenting, in many cases because there is no effective check on the exercise of power by indigenous or external powers. This leaves your average Arab citizen totally exposed and helpless. Not surprisingly, individuals who feel they are mistreated, exploited and sometimes brutalized in their own societies, often by their own countrymen, eventually fight back to try to protect themselves and their families....

 

Will Gwadar Mean More Misery For Balochistan?
Ahmar Mustikhan

The reason for killing Mahmud was simple: the ISI does not want the rest of Pakistan to know the horrendous situation in the killing fields of Balochistan. It also wants to teach an unforgettable lesson to Pakistanis like Sabeen Mahmud who show the temerity to question the raison d’etre of the Deep State — the ISI, military intelligence, generals and top security related bureaucrats — for the Baloch killings....

 

Why is the oppression of Muslims by the Chinese government all right for us whereas a slight sense of injustice by other countries makes us boil with rage? When will we stop our double standards and act fairly? Our hypocrisy is what lands us in trouble every time......

Woman, Moment, Nation
Khaled Ahmed

The Political Odyssey of a Pakistani Woman by Syeda Abida Hussain (2015) rivets the reader with its honesty of detail. “I am a year older than Pakistan, one of midnight’s children, born to privilege and a contingent sense of entitlement,” she begins, with a pledge of cold realism that doesn’t abandon the 700-page narrative....

 
Don Quixote
Najam Sethi

Don Quixote
Najam Sethi

Now the “dharna” seems like an illusion of the past and Mr Sharif is firmly in the saddle. He said the Taliban were “misguided Muslims” who should be walked the talk. Now he admits they are terrorists who should be eliminated. He said intra-party elections in the PTI were unprecedentedly free and fair....

 

Islamic political parties constitute the most tangible institutional manifestation of diverse schools of political Islam, ranging from the most militant to the moderate. They advocate diverse and at times contradictory ideological orientations and responses to major concerns in the contemporary Islamic world with regard to social justice, human rights and the position of women and minorities....

 

Islamic State’s New Afghan Front
Javid Ahmad

The Islamic State’s followers are making significant inroads and steadily gaining strength in Afghanistan, as demonstrated by their recent vicious attack in Jalalabad that left 35 people dead. However, new reports have surfaced, though unproved, that the group’s emergence represents “a rebranding of marginalized Taliban” that has splintered from Taliban factions and pledged allegiance to the self-declared caliphate of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria....

 
Saudi-Zionist Conspiracy against Muslim Community
Falahuddin Falahi, Tr. New Age Islam

It is common knowledge that the Aal-e-Saud conspired to eliminate the Ottoman Caliphate merely on ethnic basis. It paved the way for the establishment of a Zionist government in connivance with Europeans and shot dead the soldiers of Ottoman Caliphate deployed in Kaaba and revolted against Ottoman Caliphate. The soldiers did not open fire in defense due to the respect of Kaaba and fell to the bullets of the Aal-e-Saud. Aal-e-Saud eliminated the Ottoman Caliphate and turned the land of Hijaz into Saudi Arabia.

Use of Religion in Politics
Yasser Latif Hamdani

Use of Religion in Politics
Yasser Latif Hamdani

Religion, however, was very much part of the campaign on both sides: Congress utilising its Deoband and Ahrari heavyweights to which the Muslim League responded by bringing in its own Ulema. Another significant fact that seems to have been underplayed in the book but which strikes one as significant is the fact that while Jinnah remained completely aloof from the UP election campaigns, Nehru, the socialist secularist, was directly involved with them and therefore must have sanctioned the use of Islam by his Maulanas himself....

 
Let Saudi Arabia Fume
Pervez Hoodbhoy

Let Saudi Arabia Fume
Pervez Hoodbhoy

Pakistanis have no desire to fight an enemy whose name (Houthis) they have heard now for the first time. Worn out by an internal Taliban insurgency that has claimed upwards of 50,000 lives, and wracked by a series of targeted assassinations and bombings of Imambargahs, the country is in no mood for a potentially disastrous overseas adventure. Parliament’s decision to stay neutral accurately captures the public mood....

 
Congress’ Use of the Ulema
Yasser Latif Hamdani

Congress’ Use of the Ulema
Yasser Latif Hamdani

The Congress backed Ulema, including Maulana Madni, the great proponent of composite nationalism, attacked Jinnah for being a Shia and having Ahmedis in the Muslim League. In Lucknow, Maulana Mazhar Ali Azhar used the Madh-e-Sahaba to divide the Muslim vote along sectarian Shia and Sunni lines. Time and again the Congress backed ulema used the sectarian card to create dissentions between Muslims. While on the one side Congress criticised the British for using the policy of divide and rule, it used the same policy to attempt to break up the Muslim League….

 

The Middle East based IS has left its mark in Pakistan and Afghanistan several times in the recent past. On April 18, 33 people were killed and more than 100 injured in a terrorist attack in the Afghan city of Jalalabad, that President Ashraf Ghani said had been carried out by Islamic State militants....

 

Nigeria’s Election: A Triumph of Democracy
Sunil Vaswani

Nigeria needs outstanding leadership to sustain the growth in critical industries and drive efforts to effectively utilise natural and human resources. Leading the country into diversifying away from oil would be the key to success....

 

Ghani's Afghanistan: Policy Options for India
Shakti Sinha

Indians should reflect on GHQ’s refusal to let the Taliban and the Afghan government talk to each other even now. Mullah Baradar was just the first to be put through the grinder for trying to respond to former president Hamid Karzai's outreach. The Taliban are no doubt reliant on the Pakistani army for providing them with sanctuaries, training, arms and ammunition, but as they showed the last time around when they held power in Kabul, they did not agree to recognise the Durand Line as the international border....

 

Forty-four years ago, Jamaat had officially opposed the breaking up of Pakistan. Many of its leaders and members led local militias active in the brutal campaign of killing and rape against their own people. But they could not stop Bangladesh's "bloody birth"….

 
Living in Denial
Aasim Sajjad Akhtar

Living in Denial
Aasim Sajjad Akhtar

At the height of the Cold War, communist China’s credentials were never questioned. Yet the also communist Soviet Union was demonised as the international sponsor of Kufr. China is still run by a communist party, and everyone from the mullahs to the generals talk up its greatness. The point is that Islam and ‘Pakistani at’ can clearly coexist with supposedly contradictory ideologies so long as ‘national security’ needs are served....

 

A Nation's Dying Democracy
Mohamed Nasheed, Maldives former President

Mr. Nasheed is a divisive politician. To some, he represents the vanguard of democracy and reform; for others, he is a dangerous, anti-Islamic figure. He advocates a liberal approach to religion, is critical of Islamic fundamentalism, worked to open diplomatic relations with Israel and sought closer ties with the West....

 

The GCC Faces the Regional Tsunami
Rami G. Khouri

The problems of terrorism, democratic Islamism, state collapse, popular revolutions, Salafist-Takfiri expansion, refugee flows, Iranian assertion and rebalanced U.S. interests are all real and very serious threats in the eyes of GCC leaders. All of them also seem to have been enhanced, not reduced, by recent wars across the Middle East, making the shift from war to diplomacy in Yemen all the more urgent....

 

Pakistan, the Saudis’ Indispensable Nuclear Partner
Pervez Hoodbhoy

The Pakistani Parliament, even while stating its commitment to protect the territory of Saudi Arabia, recently adopted a resolution not to join the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen. Many Pakistanis are worn out by the Taliban insurgency at home and oppose intervention abroad, especially to fight an enemy whose name they are hearing for the first time and risk worsening relations with its backer, Iran....

 


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