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China is home to a large Muslim population. According to the State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA), there are more than 21 million Muslims living in the country. A study done by the Pew Research Center, based on China's census, concluded there are 21.6 million Muslims in China, accounting for 1.6 percent of the total population....

 

Reasons for Optimism - And Doubt
Ramzy Baroud

One could argue that the recognition of Palestine is much bigger than Abbas as an individual or a legacy. These recognitions demonstrate that there has been a seismic shift in international consensus regarding Palestine, where many countries in the southern and northern hemispheres seem to ultimately agree that it is time to liberate the fate of Palestine from American hegemony....

 

Was the prophet Muhammad a pervert and a tyrant? Does Islam promote terrorism and enslave women? Does Islam oblige its followers to wage jihad on Westerners whose roots lie in the secular Enlightenment? Should Muslims consider converting to Christianity? For the Somali-born writer Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the answer to all these questions is a resounding “Yes!”....

Embellishing Al-Nusra Front’s image
Diana Moukalled

He thinks Alawites must stop being Alawites, and Christians will be fine if they pay a tax. How tolerant! The interview gained the admiration of those who consider Al-Nusra, an affiliate of Al-Qaeda, an acceptable alternative to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)....

 

The relationship between religion and secularism is both thorny and complex. Many utter both concepts without being able to deconstruct their philosophical and conceptual undertones. Some claim that religion is a set of dogmas that gives no room for thinking and rationalisation on one hand. On the other, others claim that secular values are liberal and rational....

 

Palestinians at a Crossroads
Ramzy Baroud

Palestinians gained little and lost so much more. That loss can be highlighted mostly in the following: Massive expansion in Israel’s illegal Jewish settlements in the occupied territories, doubling the number of the illegal settlers as well; the failure of the so-called peace process to deliver any of its declared goals, largely Palestinian political sovereignty and an independent state; and the fragmentation of the Palestinian national cause among competing factions....

 

Iqbal, Maududi and Pakistani Nationalism
Tahir Kamran

Maududi has been re-discovered by Western academia along with Sayyid Qutb and Hassan al-Banna in the wake of 9/11. Currently, he is seen as a pan-Islamic thinker whose influence has gone beyond the geographical confines of the subcontinent. Here, we will reflect on the two thinkers with reference to their impact on Pakistani nationalism and on them attributing a definitive religious slant to it....

 

The Arab Regimes Will Not Pay For Their Crimes against the Palestinians
Fred Maroun

The Palestinian elites too have a responsibility in this dreadful history.  They caused civil wars in Lebanon and Jordan, therefore increasing Arab hostility towards the Palestinians.  They also led the Palestinians into destructive military confrontations with Israel instead of leading them towards cohabitation and compromise….

 

How Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s First Elected President, Ended up on Death Row
Patrick Kingsley

It was the army who toppled Morsi, and whose leaders have since tried to stamp out dissent – Islamist and non-Islamist alike. But in the weeks following Morsi’s ouster, the moderates who provided the smokescreen for the army’s return to political life still carried some influence. The head of the supreme court was made acting president. Egypt’s leading liberal, Mohamed ElBaradei, was appointed vice-president, and was allowed to pick the prime minister, Hazem el-Beblawi, an economics professor from Aboul Ghar’s social democratic party....

 

Islamists — Waxing and Waning
Louis A. Delvoie

How to counter the spread of violent Islamism? There are no easy or complete answers to the question. It would certainly be helpful if the governments of Saudi Arabia and Iran could agree to stop fanning the flames of conflict between Sunnis and Shias. It would also be helpful if the authoritarian governments of many Muslim countries could be persuaded to display more tolerance for peaceful Islamist movements within their borders. More generally, however, it will take nothing less than a profound political and intellectual revolution in the Muslim world at large. Until the Muslim world experiences its own version of the 18th-century European Enlightenment, the ideas of freedom, tolerance, equality and progress will not flourish, but extremism will....

 

Self-Proclamation of Muslim Leadership
Lale Kemal

In an interview with local TV station NTV on May 26, Erdoğan promised a private jet to Turkey's top cleric, claiming that Pope Francis has one, too. Mr. Mehmet Görmez is not only the religious leader of Turkey. In fact, he is the respected religious leader of this geographical area in the Islamic world,” Erdoğan said, believing what he was saying, even if it is not true....

 
The NGOs did It
Khaled Ahmed

The NGOs did It
Khaled Ahmed

In Pakistan, human rights stood in the way of Islamic law and the clause about religious freedom, meaning you can change religion, in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights began to rankle as the state teleology became sharia. Today, women running NGOs suffer....

 

Saudi Military Interventionism in Yemen and its Role in the US Hegemonisation of the Arabian Peninsula
Prof. Henry Francis B. Espiritu, New Age Islam

Saudi Arabia, together with its allies in the Arabian Peninsula has justified its invasion into another sovereign territory by claiming that they want the Houthis to return the reins of power back to the erstwhile government of President Hadi. However, it is really interesting to notice that the unilateral Saudi interventionism in the internal affairs of Yemen may have deeper reasons other than the above claim since the United States and its allies in the Arabian Peninsula are actively supporting this Saudi initiative of undeclared war against Houthi de facto rule in Yemen......

Turkey’s Top Imam as the ‘Muslim World’s Pope
Ozgur Korkmaz

There used to be one man in these lands who claimed to be the spiritual leader of all Sunni Muslims of the world, the Ottoman sultans also used the title caliph, but that religious leadership failed to stop Arab nationalists from fighting against the caliph’s country in World War I. We also now have a self-proclaimed caliph....

 

"The term 'atheist' is used as a harsh insult - one of the harshest in the country. Furthermore, atheists are commonly and publicly discriminated against and are subjects of public and private hate speech in Yeni Turkiye all the time....

 

Will There Be a Rise in Radical Islamism?
Mumtazer Turkone

Political Islam is a broad concept. Every ideological interpretation that sees Islam as the main reference for competition falls into this concept. Thus, the difference between coming to power through elections to enforce Islamic rules and implementing those rules through violence as done by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is only about the different strategies adopted....

 
Turkey, Pakistan and Islam
Yasser Latif Hamdani

Turkey, Pakistan and Islam
Yasser Latif Hamdani

Secular Turkey has perhaps preserved Islam far better than our Islamic republic has; a visit to Turkey would amply disabuse our notions of what a secular state looks like. One would argue that secular Turkey is far more Islamic in spirit than Islamic Pakistan is because the Turks do not treat Islam like a commodity....

 

Yemen Crisis: Problem and Solution
Abdulrahman Al-Rashed

Saudi Arabia accepted most of the Yemeni explanation for the border dispute, and back then Saleh considered the agreement a great achievement. By signing it, Saudi Arabia eliminated any justification for future disputes. However, Saleh violated it and let Yemeni groups ally with regimes opposed to the Kingdom — such as Libya’s Moammar Qaddafi — allowing them to carry out armed assaults against it....

 

Bashar al-Assad: The beginning of the end?
Marwan Bishara

But even those loyalists in the capital Damascus or from among the Alawite sect, who've become dependent on the regime, will soon conclude that it's wiser to sacrifice Assad in order to save the capital, the community and the country, than sacrifice them all in a desperate attempt to save a dictatorship....

 

The Mysterious Ideologue on Jinnah’s Left
Nadeem F. Paracha

Ironically, Latifi, who was one of the architects of this victory and a passionate supporter of Pakistan’s creation, did not move to the new country. He was constantly asked why, but he always refused to answer this question. Latifi was a good friend of famous Indian writer, Khushwant Singh. In fact, one of the main characters in Singh’s celebrated novel about India’s partition (1956’s Train to Pakistan) is entirely based on Latifi.....

 

Nakba and the Question of ‘Palestinian Strategy’
Ramzy Baroud

Palestinians in the occupied territories – from the occupied West Bank, annexed East Jerusalem or besieged Gaza – experience the Nakba in its most raw and painful forms. It is not just an event that delineates memory, but the very event that ushered in a process of dispossession, dislocation and deprivation, not just of land and freedom, but even of the right to form a national identity within the safety of a place that Palestinians can call home....

Thuggery of Religion
Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

Thuggery of Religion
Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

Salmaan Taseer ‘blasphemed’ half a decade ago by stating a mere fact, that the blasphemy law was being misused to settle personal scores, usually against non-Muslims. Pervez Rasheed is being ‘apostatised’ for another factual remark, that the Madrasas are ‘universities of ignorance’ and promote a ‘culture of hatred’. The then ruling PPP government’s appeasement of incandescent mullahs….

 

Emptying the Content of Religion
Taha Akyol

In our religion, supreme values such as not allowing undeserved benefits and taking one’s rightful share are the fundamental principles of a high morality. However, when power struggles push these values of religion back it becomes inevitable that the content of religion is emptied....

 

Baghdad Must Empower Sunnis or Lose Iraq
David Ignatius

The ISIS breakthrough in Ramadi brought wild celebration in other Sunni areas under its control. The group released a video Monday that appeared to show jubilant Iraqi men and boys in the Ninevah area spontaneously dancing and waving its black-and-white banners….

 
An Egyptian Habit
Sreeram Chaulia

An Egyptian Habit
Sreeram Chaulia

The sentencing of Egypt’s democratically elected and militarily overthrown President, Mohamed Morsi, to death by a politically biased court illustrates everything that is wrong with dictatorships. Since the coup d’etat against Mr Morsi in July 2013, General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has taken Egypt back to the old, pre-Arab Spring totalitarianism, where justice is an instrument not to protect the vulnerable but to suppress them....

 


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