Books and Documents

The War Within Islam

Instead Of Inclusiveness and Unity, Afghanistan Has an Isolated Government
By Ershad Ahmadi

Continued and enhanced economic and political support to Afghanistan is crucial for the viability of the government. Afghanistan is faring better than Syria and Iraq in many ways, but it appears to have exhausted its stay on top of the American and international community agendas. If Afghanistan is to have the chance to become a success story because of the United States and NATO intervention, it cannot be abandoned halfway.


The Turkish Failed State
Cengiz Aktar

Concomitantly, the world's interest in Turkey has been irreparably lost. Since 2004 or 2005, the country's EU bid and the AKP's reformist vein had globally contested the well-known assertion that Islam doesn't coexist peacefully with democracy. This had urged researchers to remove their Orientalist perspectives and view Turkey with empathy.


Bonded Labour — Modern-Day Slavery In Pakistan: New Age Islam’s Selection From Pakistan Press, 3 October 2015

Bonded labour — modern-day slavery in Pakistan

By Mehvish Muneera Ismail

Pakistan prefers peace

By Dr Ejaz Hussain

The state of the world

By Ashraf Jehangir Qazi

House of cards

By Irfan Husain

Human rights for religio-politcal parties

By Qamer Jatoi

The will of God

By D Asghar

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau


Does Jinn Possession Really Exist?: New Age Islam’s Selection From Pakistan Press, 28 September 2015

Does Jinn Possession Really Exist?

Dr Fawad Kaiser

Tragedy In Makkah

By Kamal Siddiqi

The Coalition Against IS

Humayun Shafi

Suicide Should Not Be an Option

By Juggun Kazim

Badhaber Attack — Some Lessons

By Rustam Shah Mohmand

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau


Saudi Arabia, The US and the Middle East: New Age Islam’s Selection From Pakistan Press, 30 September 2015

Saudi Arabia, The US And The Middle East

S P Seth

Reforming The United Nations


Lessons From Kasur


Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau


In The Quest for the Red Sulphur, a book on the Life of Hazrat Ibn-e-Arabi (ra) a line reads, “Live in the land of Sham if you are able because the Messenger of God (peace be upon him) said, ‘Take care of the land of Sham because it is the land for which God has shown His preference and it is from there that He chooses the elite of His servants.’”....


Hijacking Mohamed’s Story: New Age Islam’s Selection From Pakistan Press, 24 September 2015

Hijacking Mohamed’s Story

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

The Money That You Spent on Your 3rd Hajj Could've Fed Children Dying Of Hunger

By Wishal Raheel

Stemming The Syrian Slaughter

By Harlan Ullman

Consuming Sacrifice

By Khurram Husain

Mullahs Of Democracy

Jalees Hazir

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau


Apologists for Terrorists Never Die, But Fade Away Sometimes, Only To Return with Renewed Vigour
Fahd Husain

It would be a huge mistake to believe that all of a sudden the famed apologists for terrorists have transformed into swashbuckling warriors against the scourge of terrorism. Ingrained thinking, brainwashed ideology and narrow-minded worldviews fed fat on a diet of imagined piety do not morph into something new overnight. The apologists in Pakistan remain as apologetic as ever. …


Banned Organizations Go Online To Collect Hides: New Age Islam’s Selection From Pakistan Press, 23 September 2015

Banned Organizations Go Online To Collect Hides

Jawad R Awan

Pakistan SC’s Pursuit of Minorities’ Rights

Nasir Saeed

Questions for Authorities In Kabul

Maqbool Malik

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau


The Paradox Of Mohajirism: New Age Islam’s Selection From Pakistan Press, 22 September 2015

The Paradox of Mohajirism

By Tariq Mahmud

Liberalism and Patriotism

By Ali Afzal Sahi

Standing for All

By Muhammad Hamid Zaman

August 14 or 15?

By Yaqoob Khan Bangash

Reflections on Fata Reforms

By Ejaz A. Qureshi

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau


Why The Sahiwal Stabbings Are An Attack On All Pakistani Women: New Age Islam’s Selection From Pakistan Press, 19 September 2015

Why the Sahiwal Stabbings Are An Attack On All Pakistani Women

By Aisha Sarwar

Reforming Madressahs

By Dr Ashraf Ali

Pakistan’s Donald Trump

By Pervez Hoodbhoy

An Insidious Agenda

By Abbas Nasir

Syrians: Victims of Ethics And Conscience

By Samson Simon Sharaf

Terrorism, Corrupiton: Civil-Military Relations

By Inayatullah

A Tale Of Two Sharifs

By Farrukh Khan Pitafi

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau


Government, Education And Madrasas: New Age Islam’s Selection From Pakistan Press, 21 September 2015

Government, Education And Madrasas

By Gul Bukhari

Thin Edge of the Wedge

By Dr Fawad Kaiser

Nanny State

By Yasser Latif Hamdani

The Woes of Children In Balochistan

By Muhammad Akbar Notezai

Reflections On Fata Reforms

By Ejaz A. Qureshi

Is Imran Khan Really Pakistan’s Donald Trump?

By Michael Kugelman

A Political Paradigm Shift

By Malik Muhammad Ashraf

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau


Updating The ’73 Constitution: New Age Islam’s Selection From Pakistan Press, 18 September 2015

Updating The ’73 Constitution

By Ayaz Amir

Condemnable Actions Of Saudi Arabia In Yemen

By Zeeba T Hashmi

Syrian Refugees On The Move

By Abdur Rahman Chowdhury

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau


Madrasa Equation: Religious Seminaries Offer What Pakistan Millions Sees As Perks: New Age Islam’s Selection from Pakistan Press, 14 September 2015

Madrasa Equation: Religious Seminaries Offer What Pakistan Millions Sees As Perks

By Hajrah Mumtaz

Hidden Journalism

By Dr Fawad Kaiser

Rising Balochistan: The Result of National Resolve

By Khurram Minhas


By Yasser Latif Hamdani

Gender Inequality

By Huma Yusuf

Indo-Pak Talks: Making Dialogue Worthwhile

By Ashraf Jehangir Qazi

Where Is The State Of Pakistan?

By Shamshad Ahmad

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau


The Baloch Saga: New Age Islam’s Selection from Pakistan Press, 10 September 2015

Leaving Home: It's Time for Immigrants to Help Refugees

By Murtaza Haider

The Baloch Saga

By Aziz Sanghur

Renewing the Drone Debate

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

Dear Malala Yousafzai, Your Nobel Prize Is Not Your Ticket To Stanford

By Aalia Suleman

The Yemen Imbroglio

By Mahrukh Hasan

Aylan Kurdi and Shaken Beliefs

By Ali Malik

How to Be Happy: Don't Let Others Dictate Your Life

By Asna Ali

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau


The forced minority report: The world looks at Pakistan, rightly, as an intolerant and bigoted lot : New Age Islam’s Selection from Pakistan Press, 7 September 2015

The Forced Minority Report: The World Looks At Pakistan, Rightly, As An Intolerant And Bigoted Lot

Yasser Latif Hamdani

The Day Pakistan Changed: It Was Made To Succumb To The Demands Of The Clerics Who Had Orchestrated The Riots

Mohammad Ahmad

Opportunity Beckons For Pakistan

Ali Tahir

Alienated Fata

Dr Ashraf Ali

Murder Most Foul

By Kamal Siddiqi

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau


A Sense of Mistrust: Baloch Nationalists Putting down their Guns: New Age Islam’s Selection from Pakistan Press

A sense of mistrust: Baloch nationalists putting down their guns

By Kamila Hyat

Your residence among the Falcons

By Ayaz Amir

Relevance of the liberals

By Muhammad Amir Rana

Chimera of terror financing

By Khurram Husain

Repression, resistance, rapprochement

By Dr Mohammad Taqi

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau


Is It Time Pakistan Recaptured Its “Monopoly of Violence”?

One must recall the classical theory of the state, which says that it was created to preserve the sanctity of life and property. Both attributes are exposed to elements that the state can no longer control in Pakistan. Violence increasingly commands human conduct, not the law. Is it time the state recaptured its “monopoly of violence”?....


Why Is Jamia Al-Azhar, Islam's Oldest Religious Institution Afraid Of A Re-Examination Of Islamic Jurisprudence (Fiqh): Will The Rising Terrorist Ideology Magically Disappear?
Hiam Nawas

Al-Azhar maintains that Islam is a religion of peace, yet is ambiguous in condemning ISIS, all the while using its religious authority to ban a much needed and overdue conversation not only in Egypt but all over the Muslim world. Is it just me or is there something bewilderingly wrong with this picture?...

Madrasa Students Of Bihar Going To Pune Land In Trouble: Who Is To Blame?

In a story published in Tehelka in its issue dated September 11, 2010, the bonded labour business of madrasas was exposed. The Maulvis coerce the poor guardians of madrasa students into sending their wards to madrasas imparting ‘higher education’ in Delhi or Maharashtra where they could become a Hafiz-e-Quran and earn Rs 5000 as salary in a mosque. In these madrasas, they study for about two hours daily and after that the children are sent by madrasas to work in biscuit factory or in other factories and the salary is taken by madrasas. The guardians are not aware of this. Every Dalal who is a Maulvi gets Rs 5000 or so per child he traps, according to Tehelka scoop...

Good Lashkar, Bad Lashkar
Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

Good Lashkar, Bad Lashkar
Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

With critics dubbing Operation Zarb-e-Azb a one-on-one revenge game undertaken by the Army, the Karachi operation a violent form of the establishment’s historic political tussle with civilians and madrasas – spearheaded by the Lal Masjid – being seemingly exempted from the much touted NAP, question marks have continued to loom over Pakistan’s intent vis-à-vis religious fanaticism and armed jihad. The ‘encounter’ of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) founder Malik Ishaq last week, coupled with the Supreme Court’s suspension of Asia Bibi’s death penalty, seems to have heralded epoch-defining change.....


The Mistake of Betting On Al-Nusra Front
Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Attempts to embellish Al-Nusra Front and include it within the Syrian revolutionary camp have failed, despite all the sponsorship and armaments the party has received, and despite its portrayal as less brutal than the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Both are terrorist and extensions of Al-Qaeda. ISIS is an extension of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi who was killed in Iraq, while Al-Nusra officially follows Ayman al-Zawahiri, Al-Qaeda’s current leader……


A Task In Search Of A Hero
Uri Avnery

Arab citizens are deeply disappointed with the Jewish left, Jewish Leftists are afraid of looking like “Arab-lovers” and anti-Zionists. The same has happened between the Israeli peace movement and the Palestinians in the occupied territories. Israeli leftists were afraid of looking unpatriotic.  After Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination, Palestinians felt that Israeli leftists were not much different from Israeli rightists. .....


For the Mideast, It’s Still 1979
Thomas L. Friedman

Nukes are hardly the only threats for this region. Both Iran and Saudi Arabia desperately need to make 2015 the end of the 1979 era. It would be fanciful to predict that they will — and utterly realistic to predict the destruction that will visit both if they don’t......


The Ideology behind ISIS Banning Traditional Taraweeh Prayers and Celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr: Ibn-e-Taimiya and Abdul Wahhab's Arguments against All Celebrations in Islam
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

Clearly, there is no distinction between Wahhabism and ISIS in this respect, as in several others. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s order to wantonly kill all those who celebrated Eid was no different from Ibn Abd al-Wahhab’s fatwa that whosoever engages in the above-mentioned celebrations “should be killed, their wives and daughters violated, and their possessions confiscated”. Including non-Muslims, the list of celebrators deserving to be killed included the Sufis, the Shias and other Muslim sects, whom Mohammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab declared Kafirs and Mushriks (unbelievers and infidels) and Wajib ul Qatl (deserving to be beheaded). ....

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