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The long term solution has to be explored in the contexts of a state and a society that have very little tolerance and affection for a community that are racially and religiously different that has faced relentless persecution over the years and also that the continued persecution not only challenge the humanity but also endanger regional security through refugee crisis and that “like other stateless and unrepresented Muslims, [the Rohingyas] are at risk of producing a persistent terrorist threat”...

The Decline of Afghanistan's Hindu and Sikh Communities
Ruchi Kumar

At the Hindu temple, the men huddle together in rooms for a shared meal of delicacies of sweet rice made with raisins, sweets, and dried fruits. In the evening, they sit around in a candle-lit courtyard talking and speculating over the future of Afghanistan, a country they love dearly....

 

Terrorised Tunisia Worry That Social Upheaval Will Destroy Their Remarkable But Fragile Young Democracy
Erik Berglof

Tunisians worry that social upheaval will destroy their remarkable but fragile young democracy. Neighboring Libya offers a stark illustration of what that could look like. The prospect of Tunisia's government attempting to manage the situation alone is not an attractive one. Tunisians know that their state is weak and cannot really protect them....

 

Communal Conflict In Mayanmar: Such Brutality Against Rohingyas Does Not Reflect Well On Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi

In Rakhine state, the Rohingyas have not even received a rhetorical acknowledgment from Miss Suu Kyi of their plight. She has kept shamefully silent about it, fearful, perhaps, of upsetting ethnic Bamar, who are mainly Buddhists and many of whom look down on the Muslim Rohingyas. ...

A Short History of Myanmar’s Rohingya Minority
Syed Zain Al-Mahmood

Thousands of men, women and children from Myanmar’s Rohingya minority have fled the country over what the army is calling a crackdown on insurgents....

Speak up for the Rohingyas
Syed Munir Khasru

Speak up for the Rohingyas
Syed Munir Khasru

The legal conundrum faced by the Rohingyas in their native land and their lack of access to bare minimum human rights goes against the principles of the universal declaration of human rights. The UN has declared the group as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. The international community only speaks out when the refugee crisis reaches its worst stage...

 

Dealing With Many Complexities of Uniform Civil Code
Sandhya Jain

Recall that Shah Bano was rendered voiceless when Ulema and other ‘leaders’ objected to the verdict granting her a modest alimony; it has taken more than three decades for Muslim women to seek to redress the injustice. As a logical corollary, this clause also demands that in cases involving an individual’s rights, the State or courts shall generally not accept interventions from organisations and groups of religious NATURE....

 

China Doesn’t Mind Islamic Extremists: As Long As They're Not Uighur
Alice Su

Salafism, an ultraconservative school based on the belief in return to a purer Islam as practiced in the time of the Prophet Mohammed, has caused global worry as radical groups like the Islamic State and al Qaeda draw on elements of its teaching. In China, however, the level of state control over religious activity depends on ethnic and geographical factors, not ideological ones....

 

The Trauma Of Aleppo: ‘Why Do We Expect Them To Care About Us?’
Yasmine Bahrani

But I was moved when instead he focused on a tiny detail of his remembered life there, because it suggested how utterly the Syria of his memory was being erased. Many big things of memory — a city, stability, comity — were gone, and he was cherishing ever smaller, personal things. “The water was so good,” he said wistfully. “You could drink it straight from the tap, and it was cold and delicious.”...

 

Good Reason to Tread Carefully On Rohingya Crisis
Tan Hui Yee

Yet the complexity of the situation often gets lost amid the alarming headlines, and is muddied by competing versions of Rohingya history used by both sides to support their agendas. The Rohingya speak a language similar to what is used in southern Bangladesh, a fact often used to discredit their claim of being native to Myanmar....

 

A Wrong Turn with the Rohingyas
Syed Munir Khasru

There is still hope in Ms. Suu Kyi’s leadership, the military’s pragmatism, and the goodwill that the international community now has for Myanmar. This new democracy needs to find a lasting solution to the Rohingya crisis, as much for itself as for the refugees who should not be either forgotten or forsaken by the global community. Migrants, whether in Asia or Europe, should be treated with the same degree of humanity....

 

Systematic Neo-Colonisation of Muslim World
Asif Haroon Raja

The sort of destruction and pogrom carried out by the new crusaders has paled the barbarities of the medieval crusaders and even the Mongols under Chengiz and Halaku – notorious for their genocide, into insignificance. None in the past had razed any Muslim cities to ground as was done in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and now in Syria. After repeated destruction of Gaza by the Israeli forces and keeping it besieged since 2007, Syrian cities are being devastated in succession. Hama, Homs, Lataqia, and now Aleppo are worst affected....

Friday to Sunday: Background and Context of Assam’s Madrasa Move
Samudra Gupta Kashyap

Last week, Assam’s BJP government forced a change to a 72-year-old tradition: hundreds of madrasas stayed open on Friday, the day of congregational prayer for Muslims, and were shut on Sunday...

 

Next Four Years Will Test India's Pakistan Policy; India Should Fashion an Indo-Pacific Security Alliance
Tufail Ahmad, New Age Islam

There is a section of Indians such as those represented by the Hindu fringe which worries about Pakistani terrorism and India's integrity. To them, I would like to say this: for the first time since the Mauryan Empire which lasted from the 4th through the 2nd centuries BCE, for the first time in more than 2000 years, India is militarily the strongest state which has the capability to fight both Pakistan and China at the same time. But wars are not won by the force of weapons alone. Wars are won and lost by the intellectual judgement of political leaders....

Trump’s Cabinet Members Want Jihad against Political Islam, but Their Efforts Will Fail
Juan Cole

Islam is the religion of 1.6 billion people, over a fifth of humankind.  Because of high birth-rates in Muslim countries, moreover, the proportion of the world that is Muslim will probably go to 1/3. If the United States, which is 5% of the world by population, tries to go against a third of humankind, it will lose.  But the fact is that the US has no beef with most forms of Islam or even political Islam.  And aggressive attempts to dictate to Muslims what they may believe will backfire, just as the whole Iraq War backfired.....

 

No Tears for the Rohingya
Aijaz Zaka Syed

The US and the European Union, which have shown unseemly haste in lifting international sanctions on Myanmar following its promise of political reforms, must push the government in Yangon to rein in the troops going on the rampage in Rakhine. Myanmar must open the Rakhine province to international media and allow the UN to probe the widespread abuses and crimes against humanity....     

One member of an Islamist party recently complained, “Throughout the New Order and after, we have always been a minority of second-class citizens, haven’t we?” With such rhetoric, they called on the masses to be ready for Shuhada (martyrdom) in future rallies...

Another Arab Awakening Is Looming

As states fail, youth identify more with their religion, sect or tribe than their country. In 2002, five Arab states were mired in conflict. Today 11 are. By 2020, predicts the report, almost three out of four Arabs could be “living in countries vulnerable to conflict”...

 

Ethnic Cleansing Of Rohingya Muslims as World Watches in Silence
Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi

Rohingya Muslims have lived in the north-western Myanmar state of Rakhine for several centuries. Yet they have been labelled illegal migrants and have been denied their basic rights as citizens. Buddhist extremists have deprived Rohingya Muslims of their rights with the blessings and encouragement of the Myanmar government....

 

Tolerance on Trial in Indonesia

Moderate Muslim groups such as Nahdlatul Ulema told their supporters to stay away from the protest, but politicians associated with the campaigns of Ahok’s two rivals in the election attended, all the same, along with tens of thousands of people bused in from outside the capital….

 

Even as they underlined that a multi-ethnic, multi-religious country cannot have a ‘one-size-fits-all’ law, the parties only disagreed with the BJP’s effort to reform — even if it means adopting a Uniform Civil Code – because it must come from within the Muslim community and not imposed by a party driven by Hindutva...

 

In its November 14, 2016 issue the Bangkok Post reports, “Myanmar's Rakhine state was hit by fresh waves of violence over the weekend with more than 30 'insurgents' killed during two days of fighting, the military said, as proof emerged of atrocities against villagers.” Another news outlet, Myanmar Observer has reported that Myanmar Army has rained rockets on Rohingya houses in Rakhine state killing scores, burning houses to ashes. When people started flee from their burning houses they were shot at, killing men, women and children....

Indonesian Politics: Tolerance on Trial
The Economist

Hitherto, Indonesian Muslims have not been easily swayed by sectarian arguments. Hardline groups such as FPI have staged rallies against Ahok for years, but they have rarely drawn much of a crowd or done much to reduce his popularity. Yet Ahok’s comments about the Koran seem to have offended many….

 

This is visible in the slogan “Banglar Hindu, Banglar Bouddho, Banglar Christian, Banglar Musolman, amra shobai Bangalee.” With all its graces, this slogan inevitably implies that Hindu, Buddhist, and Christian lives are worth something because they are equal to Muslim lives. That for everyone’s lives to carry value, they had to be forged into a national identity. All cultural differences that are present due to spiritual differences will have to be put aside, or at least, downplayed.....

Why I am a Progressive Islamist
Adis Duderija

Given the ongoing importance of the "Islamic" in the lives of Muslims, and the essentially contested nature of many of the major concepts in the Islamic tradition, the neologism of a progressive Islamist would, in my view, go a long way toward problematising, destabilising and, hopefully, conceptually decoupling the concept of Islamism/Islamist - and, more generally, the concept of Islam itself - from conservative, puritanical expressions of political Islam....

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