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The War Within Islam

Pakistan: Keeping Religion Out Of Public Life
Rabia Ahmed

There is also the very important question of co-existence with other faiths, and the liberal, radical version of Islam differs a great deal on this point from other less liberal versions. In these latter versions an increasing number of people seem to consider it their religious duty to enforce not just religion but a particular version of it, making persons who subscribes to anything else persona non gratae….

 

Cleaning up the Fortress of Islam, Pakistan
Ayaz Amir

The Prophet of Islam, upon whom be peace, was the Apostle of God but he was also a lawgiver and a leader of mankind. So it is that there is a ring to his injunctions, cast in such a way that they have a striking effect on the listener. Consider in this light his precept about cleanliness: that it is half of faith and next to godliness. Do we honour this injunction?...

 

Saudi Arabia’s 2030 Mirage
James M. Dorsey

Bayat noted separately that, “whereas the elderly poor can afford simple, traditional and contained diversions, the globalized and affluent youth tend to embrace more spontaneous, erotically charged, and commodified pleasures.” Further, “This might help explain why globalizing youngsters more than others cause fear and fury among Islamist (and non-Islamist) anti-fun adversaries.”....

 

Is The Turkish Government Supporting Paedophilia Through A Bill That Sets Rapists Free?
Sarmad Iqbal

“Let’s hope for the best and hope for another Ataturk in future to salvage women, children, minorities and Secular Turkey.”Another Ataturk-like political figure in future might act as a Messiah for Turks who are being oppressed under the repressive autocratic regime of Erdogan....

 

How the Iranian-Saudi Proxy Struggle Tore Apart the Middle East
Max Fisher

Behind much of the Middle East’s chaos — the wars in Syria and Yemen, the political upheaval in Iraq and Lebanon and Bahrain — there is another conflict. Saudi Arabia and Iran are waging a struggle for dominance that has turned much of the Middle East into their battlefield. Rather than fighting directly, they wield and in that way worsen the region’s direst problems: dictatorship, militia violence and religious extremism.....

Saudi Arabia Losing Ground to Iran
Bruce Riedel

The Saudis support the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria but they worry its defeat will only be the next stage for further Shiite and Iranian domination of the Iraqi polity. Riyadh has little faith in Iraqi politicians who promise not to pursue sectarian agendas....

Turkey Purge Fuelled By ‘Ruthless Ambition’
Gwynne Dyer

It is ugly and sad, for 10 years ago Turkey seemed to be entering an era of stable democracy and growing prosperity. This tragedy was not bound to happen: one man’s ruthless ambition has derailed an entire country’s promising future. It’s not clear when, or even if, it will get back on track…..

 

Taking On Militants: A Fight for the Soul of Pakistan
James M. Dorsey

“The Saudis sent huge amounts often through Pakistani tycoons who had a long-standing presence in Saudi Arabia as well as operations in the UK and Canada and maintained close relations with the Al Saud family and the Saudi business community. One of them gave 100 million rupees a year. We had so much money, it didn’t matter what things cost,” said a co-founder of Sipah....

 

‘We Don’t Owe Anyone’: Egypt Jousts With Its Chief Benefactor, Saudi Arabia
Diaa Hadid

Saudi Arabia is going through a period of muscular nationalism and is trying to assert its weight as a Sunni regional power, particularly in trying to counterbalance Shiite Iran. That has created a sense of wounded pride among Egyptians, who have long thought of their nation as the leader of the Arab world....

 

Balochistan: Reaping the Whirlwind
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

After the attack of the night of October 24 at the PTC, the Balochistan Government seems to have lost faith in the capacity of Federal Forces, and had demanded the restoration of pre-1958 powers under the Frontier Crimes Regulations (FCR) to curb crimes and prevent acts of terror in the Province. "The provincial administration has no legal powers in Balochistan that has become a war zone (sic),"...

There Is No Justice or ‘Insaf’ In Pakistan
Najam Sethi

There is no justice or “Insaf” in Pakistan. That is why citizens clutched desperately at the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. There is rampant corruption and voracious greed in Pakistan. That is why citizens lent their shoulder to fashioning the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party.....

 

Pakistan and Islam in the 21st Century
Yasser Latif Hamdani

In a pointed exchange, it became clear to us that Pakistan and the Muslim world were at least 500 years behind the rest of the world when it came to accepting religious differences and celebrating diversity. This is despite the fact that Islamic history points to a time when free thinkers like Rhazes were celebrated not persecuted....

 

Is Pakistan Blasphemy Law Islamic and Constitutional?
Yasser Latif Hamdani

Extremists of every hue and cry are baying for Aasia Bibi’s blood. What they do not understand is that with Aasia Bibi’s life, hangs in balance Pakistan’s own future as a responsible member of comity of nations. ....

Islam, Ours and Theirs
Javed Anand

Why are Sunni Ulema hell-bent on defending the continuance of triple talaq which is not only contrary to the unambiguous Quran injunction, but which even according to them is “theologically repugnant”? What, except their male-centred worldview, stops them from seeing the two-faceted nature of the Quranic stipulations concerning women: Some truly progressive by the prevailing cultural sensibilities at Islam’s birth, some like “directive principles” pointing towards a far more egalitarian and gender just future society?...

Jama’at ul Mujahideen Bangladesh: Serial Crackdown
S. Binodkumar Singh

 It opposes the existing political system and seeks to "build a society based on the Islamic model laid out in Holy Quran-Hadith." It opposes democracy, socialism as well as cultural functions, cinema halls, shrines and NGOs. The Government did not realize the gravity of JMB's agenda until the terror group triggered countrywide serial bombings...

 

There are others, however, who insist Almeida may have been used by the army, given that it now emerged stronger after the episode. In the past, Almeida has done reports that used information from military sources. In one instance, he detailed a meeting between former army chief Ashfaq Kayani and newspaper editors and owners at which the general propounded the idea of “good” and “bad” Taliban....

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Too Clever By Half

By Najam Sethi

 

Saudi Arabia, Where Even Milk Depends on Oil, Struggles to Remake Its Economy

Despite Saudi Arabia’s image as a haven for Ferrari-driving sheikhs with stables full of racehorses, oil revenue is much lower per capita than in small states like Qatar or Kuwait. There is poverty in the kingdom as well as an increasingly anxious middle class....

 

The blasphemy law of Pakistan is not just an affront to liberal decencies; the evidence points to it being used as a tool to persecute minorities. It also involves a distortion and coarsening of the Sharia principles it claims to embody. ...

Jordan Tones Down Textbooks’ Islamic Content, and Tempers Rise
Diaa Hadid

So far, this modest effort has not gone well. Islamists see it as a threat to their traditional domination of the education system. And among Jordan’s mostly conservative Muslim population, many view the changes as a declaration of war on Islamic values....

Pakistan Should Rid Itself of Islamic Radicalism and Reinvent Itself as a Modern Nation
Ajai Sahni

Can Pakistan reinvent itself as a modern nation state, divorced from the deeply entrenched culture of Islamist radicalism and jihad that the state itself has promoted since the country’s birth? It is essential that Islamabad, and those who control her destiny, realise that this is the precondition of the environment of intellectual freedom and scientific inquiry that underpins a dynamic economy and society. ...

 

China–Pakistan Economic Corridor: A Baloch Perspective
Sanaullah Baloch

However, immediately after annexation with Pakistan a deliberate policy of under-development of the province started, keeping a resource-rich region dependent on financial handouts. A new breed of rulers from Karachi, Lahore and then Islamabad arrived to replace the white colonisers...

 

In its push for Saudi Arabia to lose the custodianship of Islam's holiest sites, Iran is proposing that the cities of Makkah and Madinah be administered like the Vatican....

 

How Proud Community Names Have Been Reduced To Insults in Pakistan
Haroon Khalid

Many people might not even have racist or casteist intentions as they use these words, but that does not condone them of the prejudice they create each time they refer to these communities as slurs. Kanjar, Mirasi, Chuhra and Changar are not insults but proud communities with a long history of perseverance in the face of major institutional bias....

 

UAE vs. Saudi: Fighting for the Soul of Islam
James M Dorsey

In defining Sunni Islam, the conference explicitly excluded Wahhabism, the Saudi state’s adopted version of Islam, as well as Salafism and Deobandism from its definition. The assault is all the more significant given that Saudi Arabia has over the last four decades invested tens of billions of dollars into promoting globally ultra-conservative interpretations of Islam....

 

Why Is Turkey Reviving An Ottoman Sultan?
Mustafa Akyol

This not only indicates that there is a very parochial, narrow-minded definition of “religiosity” among Turkey’s “religious youngsters.” It also indicates that history is more complex than today’s ideological imaginations. If the ruling Justice and Development Party is really a “conservative” party as it claims, it should honour history by discovering it, rather than sacrificing it to current political needs....

 
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