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The Kurds’ Democratic Experiment
Carne Ross

After the authority of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad collapsed at the start of the Syrian revolution in 2011, the Kurds took advantage of the vacuum to set up government without a state. There is no top-down authority, even within the military. One Y.P.G. commander gently corrected me when I addressed him as “general.”

 
Moderate Islam Is The Solution
Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Moderate Islam Is The Solution
Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Islam is being associated with the evil we witness around us. People in areas controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are pushed to flee and seek refuge from this evil that has befallen them. Islam has been hijacked by an evil group that speaks in the name of Muslims and dictates its religious interpretations on them.

 

Responsible schooling, governance, international diplomacy, accountability and conscientious citizens are the demands of modern society. However, popular media despite its presence in every home, remains the most ignorant, irresponsible and manipulative aspect of modern life.

 

Political Ferment in the Muslim World

The world of Islam is not a homogenous place, not even in the way religion is practised in its many parts. To better comprehend the phenomenon of the rise of militant Islam in the Middle East and parts of South Asia, the Muslim world should be divided into several constituent parts.

 

The Marginalisation Of Muslims Must End: New Age Islam’s Selection From World Press, 28 September 2015

The Marginalisation of Muslims Must End

Yara Al-Wazir

The Newest Chapter in Syria’s War Could Be Its Bloodiest Yet

Brooklyn Middleton

On Jerusalem, Jordan Cannot Remain Idle

Raed Omari

The Pontiff Should Highlight Palestine

Omid Safi

Is There A Theology To This New Atheism?

Hamid Dabashi

State Of The World: In Search Of Leadership

Marwan Bishara

The Power Of An Information Society

Dr Fahmida Khatun

Six Ways Europe Can Turn Refugee Crisis into Opportunity

George Soros

Ali Salem Defeated Them

By Abdulrahman Al-Rashed

Setting Record Straight On Houthi Atrocities

By Bikram Vohra

War And Libya’s Fine Art Awakening

By Rim Taher

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

Majid Majidi’s Biopic on Prophet: A Turning Point In Islam: New Age Islam’s Selection From Indian Press, 26 September 2015

Majid Majidi’s Biopic on Prophet: A Turning Point In Islam?

Zia Haq

Silver Linings for Muslim Women In India

By Moin Qazi

The Unmaking Of India

By Shamsul Islam

Make Haj Safer With Better Crowd Control

Asian Age Editorial

Portents of radicalisation

The Hindu Editorial

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

A Saudi-American Reset

Saudi Arabia remains dismayed by the lack of American engagement on Syria. Riyadh is likely to intensify efforts to influence events in Syria, particularly as Iran and Russia step up their support for President Bashar al-Assad. As the United States seeks more Saudi support in the battle against the Islamic State, Saudi Arabia will argue that the brutality of the Assad dictatorship drives support for the terrorists. They will push for a strategy of confronting both simultaneously, however difficult that may be.

 

Islam Is A Religion That Sustains and Preserves the Sacred Teachings, Ancient Teachings, Essence and Virtuous Legacies of Former Religions
Ali Bulac

Mustafa Kemal was prone to a type of Islamism defended by Jamaluddin al-Afghani at the beginning. But then he agreed on a secular model because of the influence of external and internal factors. But if he had believed that Islam would have served the goals of the Turkish nation-state, he would have used Islam as a tool. Mustafa Kemal's practices and thoughts suggest that he sought to use the opportunities of an Islamist modernization model by relying on a Protestant religion…..

Reach Out to the Other Side
Husain Haqqani

Iran’s influence is visible in the events in Yemen and Bahrain and pro-Iranian groups now exist in virtually every Muslim country. Arab governments wonder what Iran might be able to do once the sanctions are over and its coffers are full. Contrary to assertions in the Western media, it is not a matter of some historic rivalry between Shia and Sunni Muslims…

Don’t Blame The ISI: New Age Islam’s Selection from Indian Press, 19 September 2015

Don’t Blame The Isi

By Vappala Balachandran

Fortress Europe

By Manish Tewari

Limiting The Free Movement Of People: Why Border Walls Fail

Reece Jones

Ailing Against The Rising Tide Of The Refugee Crisis

By Hiranmay Karlekar

Compassion Vs National Identities: Europe At Wits’ End Over Migrant Crisis

By Makhan Saikia

Food Governance Or Good Governance: Open Letter To Mr Fadnavis

By Rajdeep Sardesai

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

The UAE Syndrome: New Age Islam’s Selection from Pakistan Press, 16 September 2015

The UAE Syndrome

By M Ziauddin

From Fata To Pata?

By Ayaz Wazir

Pakistan Embassy Sales’ Scandals

By Dr Qaisar Rashid

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

Silencing a Tradition: New Age Islam’s Selection from Indian Press, 14 September 2015

Attempts On To Destroy Indian History — but History’s Not Mythology or Theology

By Irfan Habib

Migrant Crisis: Europe Feels the Pinch of a Continental Shift

By Ummu Salma Bava

Snapshot of Our Times

By Sreeram Chaulia

Palestine Needs A New Leadership

By S. Nihal Singh

The Meat Ban: Between Guilt & Loathing

By Santosh Desai

On The Wrong Side of History and Civilization

By Balbir Punj

Indo-Pak War: Snatching A Draw From The Jaws Of Victory In 1965

By Karan Thapar

Silencing A Tradition

By Amrith Lal

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Why Not Constitutional Path for Indian Muslims?
Tufail Ahmad

October-December 2011, Aligarh-based journal Tahqeeqat-e-Islami argued: Islam is based on “expedience.” It quoted 14th century jurist Ibn Taymiyyah, the father of jihadists, as saying: “jurists are unanimous on the presence of prudence and expedience in the commandments of Shariah.” It quoted Prophet Muhammad as saying: one who leaves Islam should be killed as expedience to safeguard Islam. Ansari’s mention of Al-Ghazali and Maslaha will gladden the hearts of Islamists and jihadists…..

Given its openness Pancasila provides an opportunity for Muslims to comprehend the ideology in Islamic ways. Muhammadiyah sees much compatibility between the Pancasila doctrine and Islamic values, such as deliberation (Musyawarah), moderation (Tawasuth) and justice (‘Adalah).  Despite being a human creation, Pancasila is not necessarily antithetical to the Koran’s divine values……

 

Saudi Diplomat Row: Ambition Must Not Overshadow Justice: New Age Islam’s Selection from Indian Press, 15 September 2015

Saudi Diplomat Row: Ambition Must Not Overshadow Justice

By Menaka Guruswamy

Lest We Forget, History Is Important In Germany

By P.J. George

Migrant Crisis Is Eastern Europe’s Moment of Shame

By Jan T. Gross

Meat Ban Is Just the Beginning: More Intolerance Is Coming

By Vir Sanghvi

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

Saudi Arabia, Building 200 Mosques Will Not Help the Refugee Crisis: New Age Islam’s Selection from Pakistan Press, 12 September 2015

Saudi Arabia, Building 200 Mosques Will Not Help the Refugee Crisis

By Noman Ansari

Women’s Protection: Theory and Practice

By Mohammad Ali Babakhel

The Noble Art of Gratefulness

By Mehboob Qadir

The Syrian War Theatre & the Brutal Assad Regime

By Wafa Zaidan

The Impractical Adoption of Urdu

By Farrukh Khan Pitafi

Pak-Afghan Relations: Hanging By a Thread

By Khalid Aziz

Katas Raj Temple: Bringing Religions and Histories Together

By Kiran Wali

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Elites Want More Refugees: Why?
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

Elites Want More Refugees: Why?
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

In essence, elites generate one crisis after another as an inevitable outcome of their insane actions to perpetuate, consolidate and expand their control over the rest of us. If we are not sufficiently aware, we can become preoccupied in just dealing with one or more symptoms of their insanity. Elites want more refugees partly because it helps to distract us from analysing and resisting what they are doing overall......

They Are Refugees, Not Migrants: New Age Islam’s Selection from Indian Press, 10 September 2015

They Are Refugees, Not Migrants

Germany's Response to the Migrant Crisis Heart-warming

The majority of the men, women and children trying to reach European shores have been portrayed as economic migrants in search of a better life. In a bid to incite nationalistic tendencies, the displaced persons have been compared to marauders posing a threat to the standard of living and social structure of a privileged European society. The choice in terminology and the rhetoric that follows suit is not wholly without consequence, both legal and otherwise.....

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Stop Taking Muslims for a Reservation Ride: New Age Islam’s Selection from Indian Press, 11 September 2015

Stop Taking Muslims for a Reservation Ride

By Firoz Bakht Ahmed

United Arab Emirates Look To India as a New Key Partner

By Shishir Gupta

A Tale of Errors

By M M Ansari

Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri: Neither Hawk nor Dove

By Khaled Ahmed

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

Refugees, the Gulf States and the West: New Age Islam’s Selection from Pakistan Press, 11 September 2015

Refugees, the Gulf States and the West

By Zeeba T Hashmi

Haj beyond Rituals

By Muhammad Ali Musofer

Differences in Abilities

By Faisal Bari

History Repeated

By Aasim Sajjad Akhtar

PML-N’s Bad-Maza (Tasteless) Government

By Ayaz Amir

The Phantom of the Cinema

By Mehr Tarar

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

Syrian Refugees’ New ‘Ummah’: New Age Islam’s Selection from Indian Press, 9 September 2015

Syrian Refugees’ New ‘Ummah’

By Javed Anand

Corporate India Remain Stuck In The 1920s With Muslim Representation Even As It Unfurls Its Global Ambitions

By Pyaralal Raghavan

A Borderless World: Whether It’s Manipur Or Europe, Shutting Doors To ‘Outsiders’ Is Poisonous Not Profitable

From City Of Remembrance To City Of Hope

Rakesh Sood

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

The choice of the name Ansar is an allusion to the men who made possible Muhammad the Prophet’s flight from Mecca. So Muhammad al-Mahdi was putting himself in the position of the Prophet and his 30,000 to 40,000 followers in the center of the Muslim tradition. But, while he acted in the name of Islam he proclaimed himself to be virtually the equal of the Prophet Muhammad.   Despising his claim and underestimating his power, the Egyptian government allowed itself to be defeated in small encounters by the Mahdi’s followers. They, in turn, took their victories as proof of God’s favor. So, by the time the British, who were effectively running Egypt, decided to suppress the Mahdiyah, it had become a national movement......

 

Affirmative Action for Muslims is Key to Development
Vice President Hamid Ansari

The world of Islam extends beyond the borders of India and Muslims here, as in other lands, can benefit from the best that may be available in the realm of thought and practice. Some years back I had occasion to read the Algerian-French philosopher Mohammed Arkoun and was impressed by his view that our times compel us to rethink modernity so that, as he put it, "critical thought, anchored in modernity but criticising modernity itself and contributing to its enrichment through recourse to the Islamic example" could open up a new era in social movements.....

Salafiyah is the Arabic name given to Islamic revivalist movements. The word masks a complex concept. Even native Arabic speakers usually translate it as “reactionary.” But the word Salafi in classical Arabic means a person who stands both in the rearguard and in the vanguard — Arabic delights in such contrasts. Muslim thinkers meant by it the process of going back to the beginnings in order to find a firm or “pure” base upon which to build a theologically correct system of thought and action for the present and the future....

 

Like The Afghan Girl, Syrian Boy Means Little: New Age Islam’s Selection from Indian Press, 5 September 2015

Like The Afghan Girl, Syrian Boy Means Little

By Abhijit Iyer-Mitra

Son Rise: Al-Qaeda Recharged?

By Makhan Saikia

Will India Ever Be Free Of Personal Laws?

By Kanchan Gupta

Will Kashmir See A New Wave Of Suicide Terror?

By Syed Ata Hasnain

Talks Come, Talks Fail, Plea Goes On Forever

By Hiranmay Karlekar 

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