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The War Within Islam

Democracy in Turkey Is Under Threat after Failed Coup
Mohammad Behzad Fatmi

Has their protection protected the democratic values in the country? The answer is “no”. Though this is not to suggest that the situation would have been better otherwise, there is hardly any doubt that the survival of the Erodogan government has led to a further deterioration democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Turkey.....

 

The Liberal, the Mullah and the Silent Moderate of Pakistan
Maria Sartaj

The centrists or the moderate-minded folks, who have been meticulously blending Deen (religion) and Dunya (world), in whatever proportions in their lives, need to be seen and heard. In this battle of extremists, the pseudo-liberal versus the in-your-face-Muslim, someone needs to bring in a sense of balance....

 

Why Blasphemy Laws Are a Global Concern
Nasir Saeed

The international community believes that Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are a real threat to religious freedom and freedom of expression, and are in contradiction to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights, as Pakistan has ratified several international conventions including the ICCPR. Pakistan is under obligation to bring its laws in line with these conventions....

I Condemn All Threats to Turkey’s Democracy
Fethullah Gulen

For the sake of worldwide efforts to restore peace in turbulent times, as well as to safeguard the future of democracy in the Middle East, the United States must not accommodate an autocrat who is turning a failed putsch into a slow-motion coup of his own against constitutional government....

 

Turkey’s Schizophrenic Civil War
Burak Bekdil

It is amazing that the Crescent and Star never ceases to shock with the most unexpected insanity. The capacity to shock is a feature most observed at times of war. And Turkey is at war – a schizophrenic civil war. ...

 

Is It Time To Celebrate Democracy In Turkey?
Mustafa Akyol

The attempted coup will also force Turkey to reckon with the Gulenist movement, a secretive Islamist group that the government immediately pointed to as responsible for the insurrection on Friday night. The Gulenists have long had a clandestine presence within the judiciary and the police....

 

Turkey’s Coup That Wasn’t
Roger Cohen

The least bad — Erdogan’s survival — has prevailed. That does not mean much worse won’t follow. A failed coup doesn’t mean democracy is the winner. The worst of this prickly autocrat may now be unleashed upon Turkey, with America and its allies able to do little about it.....

 

Pakistan: War within Islam
Ambreen Agha

The slapping of a blasphemy case on Sabri added to his vulnerability in both the public and private space. Lamenting the loss of her son, Amjad Sabri's mother Asghari Begum disclosed that about six months ago three unidentified armed assailants barged into their house frantically looking for Sabri. Not finding him at his residence they left. Knowing his precarious situation,...

 

Muslims have to realize that the continuing Wahhabi occupation of Makkah is damaging our religion, our values of universal compassion and love, our cultural heritage and our public image. Ancient tombs and beautiful mosques have been destroyed to give way to luxurious, vulgar hotels and shopping malls. The ongoing horrendous sacrilege being committed by the Wahhabis is without the consultation and permission of the various Islamic nations....

 

The Creeping Pakistanisation of Turkey
Aykan Erdemir

There were ample warnings that this ill-fated strategy would lead to the gradual Pakistanisation of Turkey. Erdogan, however, assumed that he could turn on and off jihadist violence the way he saw fit..

 

Sheikh Mohammed ibn Abdul-Wahhab called for a religious reformation in central Arabia. Feeling that Islam had been corrupted by practices like the veneration of saints and tombs, he called for the stripping away of “innovations” and the return to what he considered the pure religion. He formed an alliance with a chieftain named Mohammed ibn Saud that has underpinned the area’s history ever since. Then the Saud family assumed political leadership while Sheikh Abdul-Wahhab and his descendants gave legitimacy to their rule and managed religious affairs. That mix proved potent among the warring Arabian tribes, as Wahhabi clerics provided justification for military conquest in some cases: Those who resisted the House of Saud were not just enemies, but infidels who deserved the sword....

 

A 30-Year-Old Saudi Prince Could Jump-Start the Kingdom — or Drive It off A Cliff
David Ignatius

Saudi internal politics are famously difficult for outsiders to understand, but it’s important now to make the effort. The Middle East is at a dangerous inflection point, with sectarian war and terrorism ripping countries at their seams. A stronger Saudi Arabia could make a big difference; a weaker one could add to the chaos....

 

Telling Them Why: Pakistan Can Ignore Questions the World Is Asking, But Not Those of Its Own People
Khaled Ahmed

They are not sure any more about the American drones that killed such enemies of Pakistan as warlords Nek Muhammad, Baitullah Mehsud and Hakimullah Mehsud. The latest killing of the Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour has not aroused sympathy for the Taliban. The question they ask is: What was he doing in Pakistan?....

 

Will Pakistan Continue To Fail Its Non-Muslim Men And Women?
Maria Kari

The stories of forced conversions tend to have a similar pattern. First, the girls are abducted. Once taken away from the safety of their homes and communities they are raped and then, usually, married off to their assailants who sneakily shield their non-consensual sexual assault behind the veil of a Nikahnama. Sometimes they are sold into the sex trade...

 

A History of Slander — Good Language vs. Bad Language in Pakistan
Nadeem F. Paracha

It is actually self-explanatory and not so hard to decipher, yet, there are many out there who just can't seem to determine the fact that those fighting for a just cause are good Taliban, and those fighting against us on the behest of foreign powers are bad Taliban....

 

Pakistan’s Shrinking Liberal Minority
Ronald Meinardus

Religious extremists do not descend from the sky with bombs strapped to their chests. Every effect has a cause, and the responsibility for the creation of the bigots falls squarely on those who call themselves secular and liberal.....

 

Afghanistan: Peripheral Consolidation
S. Binodkumar Singh

The other salient features of the draft peace agreement prominently include: the Government would offer an official pardon to associates of the HeI militant group and would work to have the group removed from the United Nations blacklist; the group would not join the Government but would be recognized as a political party involved in major political decisions;....

 

One Man's Terrorist... — ... Another Man's Freedom Fighter
Nadeem F. Paracha

Funny thing is that when pressed to describe a person who has no qualms about strapping a suicide belt around his waist and then blowing himself up in a crowded mosque, a Sufi shrine or a congested market buzzing with men, women and children, the apologist would often strike a pose of the unbiased and objective thinker to suggest: You see, one man's terrorist can be another man's freedom fighter.'...

 

With a few years of hindsight, it is now clear that much of this effort was built on sand, literally. It is bound to vanish, not unlike some dunes in the Sahara....

 

Pakistani Priests with a Divine Mission
Yasser Latif Hamdani

If there must be a CII its members ought not to be from religio-political parties. They also should not be extracted from sectarian clerics. Instead the CII should be filled up with non-sectarian modern Muslim men and women of vision, schooled both in modern knowledge, law, science and Islamic jurisprudence....

 

A section of "Dalit Muslims" testify that they are seated separately in non-Dalit Muslim feasts. Almost a similar proportion of respondents confirm that they eat after the upper-caste people have finished. Many say they are served food on different plates....

 

Saudi Arabia’s Austerity Blues
Lal Khan

Even the fall in oil prices from its peak of $115 to $35 a barrel has failed to produce the dividends for the capitalist economies and empires. On the contrary, the oil producing countries have certainly felt the impact of lower prices on their growth rates, their trade figures and their public finances. Saudi Arabia, in particular, has been forced to impose austerity...

 

Bangladesh: Some Unresolved Issues
Taj Hashmi

The Bangladesh Government on the one hand denies there is any al Qaeda or ISIS in the country, on the other it holds BNP-Jamaat supporters – the so-called anti-Liberation and pro-Islamist terrorists – responsible for the killings...

 

Murky Operations and Karachi, the City Of Crimes
Ambreen Agha

The controversial targeted operation has further complicated the law and order situation in this city of crimes, which has long been infested by politically-motivated and backed turf wars, target killings, criminal gangsters, land grabbers, organized gangs of extortionists, ethnic strife, and religiously motivated Islamist terrorist violence.....

 

Turkey Should Not Repeat Pakistan’s Mistake
Yasser Latif Hamdani

Many well-meaning Indian Muslim modernists like the Aga Khan III and Syed Ameer Ali wrote letters of appeal to Ataturk asking him to preserve the institution of Caliphate, to even become the Caliph himself, but Ataturk refused to budge. There are many historians and scholars of constitutional law who have questioned Ataturk’s decision to follow the French model instead of the British model that would have accommodated some role for religion....

 


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