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Turkey: Playing Dirty Will Serve None
Harun Yahya

With the mention of terms like manipulated polls, one-party system, dictatorship and coups, the next thing that comes to one’s mind is the Middle East. This image has become so ingrained in the psyche of certain elements in various countries of this region that if a move is made to break the mold; those favoring status quo — obviously to pursue their selfish interests — try to push the country into chaos using all means possible….

Some Reflections on the Last 100 Years
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

I am almost 90 years old. I have now no hope that I will remain alive to see any new future for the Indian subcontinent. Yet, there are some things that I wish to share which I feel are essential for a new, constructive beginning for our part of the world. I believe that India, Bangladesh and Pakistan must form a joint federation. Under such a federation, the independence of these three states will remain fully preserved, although their mutual relations will be relaxed. For instance, visa-free travel should be allowed between these countries, as, for instance, is the case with various Arab countries or in the European Community. Free trade between these countries should be allowed, as well as trade, educational and cultural exchanges....

The Collapse of Political Islam with a Loud Crackle
Ertugrul Özkök

They have added “Islam” as a prefix to politics… They have done the worst they could do to Islam; they have done the biggest injustice, the biggest sin. They have added the word “conservative” at the beginning of “democracy.” They buggered up both democracy and conservatism. As if that was not enough, they also added the adjective “advanced.” …

 

The Quest for Democracy in the Arab World Is an Islamic Cause
Azzam Tamimi

I and many of my fellow Islamists endeavoured at the time to prove to the world that Islamists did not only accept democracy and pledge to respect the results of democratic contests, but that they were also prepared to share power with all other political factions including with existing ruling elites.....

Islamism and the Pakistani State
Husain Haqqani

Unlike most Muslim-majority countries, the state of Pakistan has consistently tolerated and even maintained positive relations with Islamist groups. Pakistan’s approach to Islamism differed greatly from the policies of other Muslim countries, which were led to independence in the twentieth century by secular elites. Islamists were deemed by these elites as an obstruction to their modernizing aspirations….

 

Whose Turkey Is It?
Suzy Hansen

Gulen is a Muslim preacher who in the 1960s began promoting a Sufi-inspired vision of Islam and a strategy for leading a modern and religious life that offered his followers a path to success in Turkey. The stated goal was spreading an emphatically peaceful expression of Islam, but a central ambition was also the expansion of the movement, which required amassing followers and capital. The Gulenists, who prefer to be called sympathizers, describe themselves as nonpolitical, anti-violence, pro-business and deeply patriotic. Indeed, the movement advocates a specifically Turkish Islam. ….

 

Saudi Arabia's Anti-Terror Law Not Enough
Madawi Al-Rasheed

To blame religion alone falls short of explaining the problem as long as religion remains under the Saudi government’s control. In the past, the regime relied on religion to legitimize a series of foreign policy options from eliminating so-called atheist, leftist and nationalist tends to pan-Islamism, all of which were pursued under the religious umbrella of its most senior clerics. As such, it is doomed to remain an accomplice that can never be fully absolved of responsibility when it comes to instrumentalising religion for pure political reasons….

Muslim Majorities Open To Democracy, But Cautious
Omar Sacirbey

Women should cover their hair. Government should implement Shariah law. But democracy and separation of church and state may be best for society. Those are among the findings of a study about public attitudes in seven bellwether Muslim-majority countries. More than half the people surveyed in Turkey and Tunisia and nearly half in conservative Saudi Arabia said women should choose what they wear outside their homes, but majorities in all three countries also said women should wear headscarves in public….

‘Misconceptions Associate Secularism with Atheism’: ‘Faith, Politics Can Be De-Linked’
Khaled Aljenfawi

However, anti-civil discourse around the Islamic world introduces secularism as another Western wickedness directed against the Islamic world! We as Muslims continue to have the option to create our own version of civil society; yet, this Islamic civil society has to abide by the universal principles of justice, equality and universal human rights….

State Islam versus Civic Islam
Mümtazer Türköne

Islamism is a totalitarian system of thought that does not adopt a tolerant approach toward other ideologies….

 

How Can The Saudi Grand Mosque Imam Save Pakistan?
Jamal Khashoggi

If only the Saudi government would plan a visit for Sheikh al-Sudais in cooperation with the Pakistani government, so that Pakistan could end its crises. It will help the kingdom as much as the kingdom is helping Pakistan. I will repeat what I said at the end my previous article about this issue: “All this should take place with serious security measures because the Taliban will even kill the imams of the holy mosques if they disagree with them!”….

 
Arabs, Culture and Constitutions
Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Arabs, Culture and Constitutions
Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Parliaments were suppressed in the name of fighting the remains of colonisation and in the name of fighting the Zionist enemy. They ended up as hollow political powers signing the president’s decisions without argument. Look at Syria for example. Imagine, it is one of the oldest Arab countries to build a parliament - the People’s Council inaugurated in 1931. How did its political progress stall to see it become one of the most dictatorial countries in the region in less than 50 years?...

 

Singing In the Reign (Of Terror)
Nadeem F. Paracha

Recently, with the country facing an unprecedented spate of political and social problems – such as gruesome terrorism, ‘Talibanisation,’ and economic downturns – pop acts have come under increasing pressure to step out of their comfort zones and state their stance on the more pressing socio-political issues of the hour….

 

Bangladesh Stares at Anarchy
Anshuman Rawat

With no end in sight to political turmoil rooted in historic conflicts and sectarianism, Bangladesh is edging closer each day to chaos. …..

Although faced with hostility at every turn, with their protests attacked by passersby, the Islamists do not seem to fully realise their mistakes, especially the failure to reach out to other political groups and the decision by Morsi in November 2012 to grant himself supreme powers and immunity for the Islamist-led parliament…..

 

Pakistan’s Myths and Manipulations
Khaled Ahmed

The Pakistani mind is encouraged by the state to nurse certain myths about why the country is in trouble. The foreign office, ever articulating the current military thinking, encourages this mythmaking by not coming clean on matters that exercise the collective mind….

When the Brotherhood reached power in Egypt, Egyptians realized that the organization placed itself above the law and above Egypt. The Brotherhood enjoyed limited support that was inflated by its strong funding, superior organization and logistics and the fragmented nature of its opponents….

 

Bangladesh's Non-Election
Tahmima Anam

The crisis erupted after the opposition, led by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and its ally Jamaat-e-Islami, objected to holding a national election unless the government first handed over power to a neutral caretaker body; it feared rigging otherwise. When the ruling Awami League refused, the opposition leader Khaleda Zia called a series of crippling protests....

 

Jamaat Dragging Bangladesh Down
Paulo Casaca

THE recent violence in Bangladesh may appear random to the casual observer, but is nothing of the sort. It is the result of a coordinated campaign by Islamist extremists to destroy the country's democracy and cleanse it of religious minorities -- including Christians, Hindus and Buddhists....

 

Not Losing the Arab Awakening
Marwan Muasher

Given the grim news coming out of the region today, some will regard my arguments as a naïve, almost romantic view of an Arab world that does not exist - a mirage in the desert, totally detached from reality. They will point out the tumultuous state of affairs - and that regional political grievances are turning sectarian….

 

Talks or Firepower? Islamabad’s Taliban Dilemma
Mansoor Jafar

Ever since the Pakistan army launched the U.S. orchestrated military operation in the tribal region bordering Afghanistan in February 2004 to flush out Taliban, Pakistan has been witnessing the civil war like situation. The angry Islamist militants from the tribal region began targeting armed forces through bombs and suicide attacks to take revenge against the Pakistani military and the U.S. for its drone attacks….

 

Sharia Banking Goes Bankrupt
Tarek Fatah

Banna and his successor Syed Qutb even laid down principles of Islamic finance. Millard Burr and Robert Collins in their book Alms for Jihad claim that the Muslim Brotherhood watched, waited, and learned the management of money that was essential to finance a worldwide organization devoted to spreading their Islamist ideology.....

Decline of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement
Khaled Ahmed

Ironically, the fate of a party formerly seen as violent is now a barometer of what is happening to liberal-secular elements in Pakistan….

 

Election amid Anarchy in Bangladesh
Haroon Habib

The U.S.-backed international community sided with the anti-election grouping, lending vital support to the Jamaat and the BNP. The E.U. and the U.S. have repeatedly requested everyone to not resort to violence, but without any specifics....

 

Sudhakar Group and Maulana Muniruzzaman Islamabadi Interpreted Islam in Bangla to ‘Cleanse the Faith of Islam’ From the Influences of Hinduism and Christianity – Part - 21
Nurul Kabir

Bankim’s efforts to inspire Hindu nationalism against Muslims, when Sree, the abandoned wife of Sitaram, persuades the latter to save her brother from ‘injustice’ inflicted on him by a ‘notorious’ Muslim fakir and an ‘unjust’ local Muslim Quází, arguing that ‘who would save Hindus but the Hindus...

 
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