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The War Within Islam

The Extremist Consensus: Principle of Punishing the Prohibited Has Been Accepted By Pakistan; but Commanding the Permitted Has Been Wisely Ignored
Khaled Ahmed

The principle of Nahi an-al Munkir (punishing the prohibited) has been accepted by the modern state; but Amr bil Maruf (commanding the permitted) has been wisely ignored. Terrorist leader Mangal Bagh forced people to say Namaz in the mosque under strict roll-call and burned down the houses of those who didn’t attend the five-times-a-day prayer. In Swat, warlord Fazlullah tyrannised the population under Amr bil Maruf, just like the Taliban did in Afghanistan....

 

Countering Pakistan’s Extremist Mindset
Imtiaz Gul

One wonders that if science academics — who are opinion-multipliers — in  Islamabad are hostage to a mindset that qualifies as radical, anti-human rights, obscurantist, can we really then condemn Madaris — seminary — teachers, say in Peshawar, Kohat, Bahawalpur or Nushki ?...

 
Is There An Arab World?
Khaled Al Maeena

Is There An Arab World?
Khaled Al Maeena

The creation of Israel by a unilateral decision, displacement of hundreds of thousands of refugees, coups d’etat and bloody revolutions in the newly formed Arab states whose border demarcations were mostly deformed — all were the ingredients that led to the present day regional predicament....

 

Are The Pakistanis Proud Citizens Of Their Country, Or Animals Being Tested In A Lab?
Nadeem F. Paracha

The ‘Islamic Socialism’ bit, however, was only nominally touched upon. It was simply a rhetorical gesture, to counter accusations by the religious parties. Although there were some ideologues within the PPP at the time who defined ‘Islamic Socialism’ as a localised fusion of social democracy, socialist economics, the ‘Quranic concept of egalitarianism’ and Muslim nationalism (of the likes of Jinnah and Iqbal), there was hardly any talk of just how this fusion would be converted into a holistic economic programme....

 

Saudi Arabia — A Kingdom in Retreat
Alon Ben-Meir

All Saudis are expected to attend mosque every Friday, and Wahhabism is taught from an early age. Saudi Arabia uses religion to control the population and teaches to hate those who do not share their Islamic values. The clergy exercises extraordinary power and are free to issue edicts (Fatwas) at their pleasure. The religious system is often run contrary to the social, political, and economic aspirations of the young, and is leading to a growing resentment which is becoming increasingly troublesome for the government....

 

In Pakistan’s northwest — the main Taliban sanctuary in the country — where psychiatrists estimate millions are suffering post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological illnesses after years of militant attacks, army offensives and US drone strikes....

 
Does Saudi Arabia Want to Break Up Yemen?
Bill Humphrey and Stephan Richter

Does Saudi Arabia Want to Break Up Yemen?
Bill Humphrey and Stephan Richter

The best explanation for the bull-in-a-china-shop approach the Saudis have taken in Yemen to date is this: Saudi Arabia would rather demolish and break up Yemen into its former two halves again than have it remain united. After all, the latter scenario might entail dealing with a potentially hostile state. Split into two parts, Yemen might be much less of a problem. Consider the historic dimension in support of this hypothesis:....

 

An Islamist may be a lost Muslim or a Muslim gone astray, but he or she is a Muslim all the same. We must stop repeating ad nauseam that these aberrant Muslims have “nothing to do with Islam.” In other words, we must acknowledge that two Islams are locked in a fight to the death, and that because the battlefield is the planet and the war threatens values that the West embraces, the fight is not solely the Muslims’ affair....

 

Why Islam as State Religion May Be Preferable To the Mask of Secularism in Bangladesh
Garga Chatterjee

When Islam was incorporated as the state religion in 1988, all major Opposition parties, including the Sheikh Hasina Wajed-led Awami League and Khaleda Zia-led Bangladesh Nationalist Party, had denounced the move in no uncertain words. But Islam plays a much bigger role in Bangladesh politics now than it did during the 1971 Liberation war or the heady days of the anti-dictator, pro-democracy movement of the 1980s. Political parties have responded by variously pandering to majoritarianism....

 

Libya’s Civil War: Unity, up To a Point

Mired in war, threatened by jihadists and short of cash—it is a wonder that anyone wants to rule Libya. Yet until recently the country had four competing governments. Rival administrations based in Tripoli, the capital in the west, and Beida, in the east, have spent the past two years fighting over a disputed election, among other things. That has allowed Islamic State (IS), the third contender, to grab roughly 180 miles of coastline around Sirte, in between them.....

 

Ayub Khan’s Republic: Pakistan
Nadeem F. Paracha

First, to get re-elected as president in 1965, Ayub allowed his information ministry to co-opt certain Ulema who asked to negatively highlight the gender of his opponent, Fatima Jinnah. Secondly, after the 1965 war with India ended in a stalemate, it negatively impacted the country’s economy. Ayub began to lose popularity and increasingly began to use religious rhetoric. Muslim modernists began to abandon him.....

 

Lebanon Cannot Stand On Its Feet Anymore, It Is Overwhelmed, Frightened and Broke
Andre Vltchek

It stands at the frontline, facing Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS/ISIL) in the east and north, hostile Israel in the south and the deep blue sea in the west. One and a half million (mostly Syrian) refugees are dispersed all over its tiny territory. Its economy is collapsing and the infrastructure crumbling. ISIS is right on the border with Syria, literally next door, or even with one foot inside Lebanon, periodically invading, and setting up countless “dormant cells” in all the Lebanese cities and all over the countryside. Hezbollah is fighting ISIS, but the West and Saudi Arabia apparently consider Hezbollah, not ISIS, to be the major menace to their geopolitical interests. ....

 

Pakistan: The Myth of a Fixed National Interest
Khaled Ahmed

There is, of course, the assumption that one party — the US — has the capacity to punish; and the other — Pakistan — has, instead, the capacity to endure pain. Clearly, in this unequal relationship, America has more options than Pakistan, although it’s the weaker party that should ideally work with more options.....

 

Some say that many donors, including Turkey, are not charities. Political interests may motivate Turkey’s financial and humanitarian aid, no matter how hard both sides try to deny it. Increasing Turkish projects in Gaza would allow Turkey to become a key player in the Palestinian issue, as is evident in its stances and moves regarding Israel's blockade...

 

New Unity Government Is the Best Hope for Libya for Preventing Economic Collapse and the Spread of Islamic State

America, Italy, France and Britain have a shared interest in helping Libya rid itself of IS and improving general security. To that end, they have drawn up plans for a 6,000-strong international stabilisation force and for a much more vigorous campaign against IS than today’s largely covert one. But they cannot proceed without the invitation of a credible Libyan government. As soon as Mr Serraj asks, they should step in...

 

The Politics of Bangladesh’s Genocide Debate
David Bergman

There is no question that there were many atrocities, including rape, deportation and massacres of civilians, carried out by the Pakistani Army, aided at times by pro-Pakistani militias. Some of these included members of the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, an Islamist party that remains a powerful force in Bangladesh today. There is an academic consensus that this campaign of violence.....

 

In Pakistan, Tackling Extremism Is a Political Minefield
Kathy Gannon

The U.S.-declared terrorist group Lashkar e-Taiba also operates in the province, under the name Jamaat-ud Dawah. It was banned in Pakistan in 2015, but its leader Hafiz Saeed travels freely around the country and gives speeches inciting people to attack western and Indian interests. Punjab is also the headquarters of Sipah-e-Sahaba (SSP), whose military arm is responsible for scores of attacks on Pakistan’s minority Shiite Muslims.......

 

The Alawite Declaration: Assad's Firewall Showing Cracks
Joyce Karam

The most significant development coming from Syria in the last few days is not the killing of Al-Qaeda spokesperson in Idlib or the US-Russian chatter denying a plan to oust Bashar Al-Assad. It was a document leaked to the Western media and dubbed as the "declaration of identity reform" signalling signs of discontent from elders in the Alawite community towards the Syrian regime......

 

My Country Called Pakistan
Mehr Tarar

Often I come across someone from the ‘Aam’ Pakistan who doesn’t even know the full words of the Namaz, and no one damns them to hell for that. Someone very close to me is an atheist, and although we often argue, he respects my religious practices, and I leave his Dawkins alone. And me…I exist amidst all these real Pakistanis with my shades of grey, and when I sleep, my dreams are multi-hued, not black and white.....

 

Islamic Lutheranism: Is Pakistan Hoping and Hopping to Meet the Destiny of Erdogan’s Turkey?
Dr Saulat Nagi

“God” says Luther “cannot and will not suffer that good works begin by relying upon one’s own power and reason.” Work here was a euphemism for an intense objectified labour. Protest was prohibited. Human being converted into private property emerged as a mere tool for production of surplus value. Coercion was justified yet people were required to embrace the hegemony through consent as the latter was imposed through religious force. “Force” Marx says “is the midwife of every old society pregnant with a new.....

 

Erdogan’s March to Dictatorship in Turkey
Dexter Filkins

That’s a start. Obama and Erdoğan are supposed to meet today in Washington. Let’s hope President Obama skips the diplomatic language and goes straight to the point: that any leader who jails journalists—and arms Al Qaeda and bombs the Kurds and jails his opponents—is no friend of the United States......

 

Pakistan: Textbooks of Hate
Zubeida Mustafa

The MMA, the ANP and now the PTI (in coalition with the Jamaat-i-Islami) have wreaked havoc on the minds of KP’s children. Tahira points out that the different ideological complexion of these three rulers has not made much of a difference....

 

Pakistan: Divided Majority and Troubled Minority
Bhopinder Singh

The Lal Masjid siege was arguably the inflexion point for the Pakistani establishment to take on its own creations of destruction. Unfortunately, the powers that be were still selective and coined creative expressions like “non-state actors” to justify non-action against elements whom they thought were not inimical to their own interests. However, religious extremists recognise no border, creator or limit...

 

Extremism Feeding the Terrorism in Pakistan
Marvi Sirmed

On one hand is the Deobandi-Ahl-e-Hadith-ideology-inspired outright terrorism, on the other is violent extremism based on Barelvi school of thought. There is yet another challenge of non-violent extremism, mainly propagated by the likes of Tableeghi Jamaat, which has strong potential of turning into violence any time.....

 

A Culture of Fear: in Bangladesh’s Diminishing Democratic Space, It’s Not Surprising a Prominent Editor Is at the Receiving End
Mahfuz Anam

A prominent editor in Bangladesh is facing the wrath of the ruling party. In less than a month, 79 lawsuits have been filed against him throughout the country, of which 17 are petitions to sue him for sedition. This plight has befallen Mahfuz Anam of The Daily Star, after he made an introspective comment on a TV talk show on February 4.....

 
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