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Patterns of communal violence are changing in Uttar Pradesh. As Sudha Pai and Sajjan Kumar had shown in Everyday Communalism: Riots in Contemporary Uttar Pradesh (OUP, 2018).....

 

East Pakistan was ethnically homogenous, dominated by a Bengali ethnic majority, and nearly a quarter of the population were Hindu. In contrast, West Pakistan was ethnically diverse but had less religious diversity. West Pakistan deployed political Islam...

 

In India, home to the second largest population of Muslims in the world, we saw no such initiative. Indian Muslims were killed in the massacre but no compatriot sympathised with them. It is futile to expect the governments and political classes to join their kin in their mourning. We happily accept the foreign currency they bring but would not share their loss....

More importantly, it reflects the thinking among a section of the OIC that India, with a Muslim population of 180 million, the third largest in the world, should not be kept out of an organisation dealing with issues pertaining to Muslims globally. Countries like Bangladesh and Turkey have been wanting an important role for India in the OIC....

 

Just look at our geography. For 4,000 km to the west, till Sub-Saharan Africa; to the northwest till Eastern Europe and to the southeast of India through Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indonesia and oil-rich Brunei, Islam is the dominant religion....

Kashmir is going through an intense wave of Jihadi radicalization, of which the most significant proof is the volunteering of the local youth for a suicide mission, hitherto a domain of mainly foreign terrorists....

 

Unfortunately, the Arab uprisings of 2011 failed to change the image of Islam. Arguably, they made things worse. In Egypt the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood swept into power, before a military coup removed it. Bloody civil wars in Libya, Yemen and Syria, coupled with the rise of ISIS...

Prisoners at these places are taught to abandon their Turkic-based mother tongues and renounce outward displays of Islam. And while the targets have for years been supposed domestic enemies, China now pursues some Kazakhs with the same zeal...

 

The political claims that some make regarding Islam as if it is an invading religion and foreign to the people of India need to be defied with the truth of Islam’s peaceful spread throughout India....

It’s time the UN and the Muslim countries along with their Western allies raised the issue on international platforms and force China to close the so-called “re-education camps” where the Turk-ethnic Uyghur Muslims are being forced to renounce their religious rights and tortured and even killed by China....

I am apparently one of the few Indians not excited or moved by the events of last week. I am referring to our attack on Pakistan, and then their response the next day, and then the drama with the Air Force pilot for two days after that, ending with his release on Friday night. There are several reasons and some of them you may disagree with....

To be frank, this notion that these people living in peripheral lands far away from the Hindi heartland are strange and un-Indian aliens has hit the people of the Northeast as well, though not as violently as it does Kashmiris, but then they are not mostly Muslims. The Nagas and Assamese just feel neglected, not hated....

 

After initially denying the existence of the re-education camps, Beijing has since switched to defending them as necessary to combat Islamist extremism and terrorism. The state primarily targets Uighurs, the Turkic group that makes up the largest share of Muslims in China, but other Muslim minorities, like Kyrgyz, Hui and, increasingly, Kazakhs ....

 

He is of the opinion that ‘Islam’s political vision is based purely on a democratic principle (in the modern sense) and not a theo-democratic one’, because the noble Qur’an (Q. 42: 38) “prescribes democracy as the way to run the affairs of the state”, neither monarchy nor dictatorship (Renaissance, June 2009). Ghamidi translates Q. 42: 38 (‘Amruhum Shura Baynahum’) as “And their system is based on their consultation”/ “the affairs of the Muslims are run on the basis of their consultation”....

MbS’s characterization of China’s Uyghur policies illustrates how the crown prince is defining his leadership on the international stage. Just as Saudi Arabia has recently moved closer to Israel without any genuine regard for Palestinian rights....

Ghannouchi finds no contradiction between democracy and the traditional Islamic tenets—governing the relationship between the political authority and the people—such as Ijtihad (independent interpretive reasoning), Ijma (consensus), Ba‘yah (oath of allegiance), and Shura (consultation).....

If the political process is founded on these identities, the society is not only divided in constant majority and constant minority but also gets stuck in the vicious cycle of division after division and subsequently such a society disintegrates  because a single citizen bears more than one identity at a time ....

 

Disagreements between Australia and Indonesia often arise on religious issues, with Andreas saying that Islam had become a “determining factor in the bilateral relationship”....

 

While I appreciate his sense of justice and his efforts towards human rights, I have some difficulty reconciling his actions of performing religious rituals that include glorifying other forms of deities....

The on-going visit of Pope Francis to Abu Dhabi over the last couple of days will certainly go down as a landmark event. For no Pope has ever set foot on Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, until this week. But the story, arguably, is less about the Pope and more about the United Arab Emirates that is hosting him....

Maulana Syed Abu’l Mawdudi, Rachid al-Ghannouchi, and Javed Ahmad Ghamidi on ‘Islam and politics’, which I would like to describe, with a mixed-phrase, as “Theo-democratic, Reconciliatory Counter Narrative”....

The trend towards theocracy is taking hold in countries including but not limited to Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen and Nigeria....

There however, remained gaps in his Islamisation. Whether he performed Namaz remained a mystery; his fluency in Urdu was a non-starter. English was his real language; the next best was his mother tongue Gujarati....

 

It has been recognised by Islamic scholars that even though sacred texts contain holy words, their interpretation and application are human acts that can be debated and transmuted in an inclusive manner....

What we're currently witnessing in China is the product of a framework that points to Islam and the expression of Muslim identity as the root cause of terrorism, a viewpoint that finds its roots in, and is a staple of, Western political discourse....

 


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