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The most striking feature is the fact that the Tehreek-e-Labbaik, a nascent party that contested the general election for the very first time within the first year of its existence, has suddenly overshadowed all the chronic custodians of religion who have been the self-proclaimed flag-bearer of Islam for the last seven decades in Pakistan....

 

Palestinian Quest for Self-Determination Remains Unfulfilled:  In Paving the Way for Oslo, Camp David Actually Enabled the Triumph of an Israeli Vision
Seth Anziska

Without an independent state in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, Palestinians are confronting renewed efforts by Israeli leaders to undermine the possibility of meaningful sovereignty. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has endorsed a “state minus.” Naftali Bennett, Israel’s education minister and an influential politician, has called for “autonomy on steroids” to be administered in the West Bank, specifying “self-rule” with a focus on limited control over “water, sewage, electricity, infrastructure and so on.”...

 

Mobility Levels for African Americans in US Are Better Than Those for Muslims in India
Seema Chishti

On Muslims, defined as the “least upwardly mobile group in India”, the paper makes the damning claim that the situation is worse than that of African Americans. In the US, while those born at the bottom half of an education distribution on average tends to get to the 34th percentile, Muslims can expect to only get to the 28th, something they term as “really low.”...

 

Wahhabism Has To Be Challenged, To Prevent More Terrorist Incidents, So That Muslims All Around the World Can Achieve Better Lives
Ken Livingstone

The history of Saudi Arabia spreading intolerance throughout the Muslim world goes back almost a century. Wahhabism represents the most hard-line and intolerant interpretation of Islam. It originated in 1744 and was founded by Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab. The survivors of Wahhabism formed an alliance with Ibn Saud, the first king of the modern Saudi state. Throughout the 19th century, Wahhabism had been overwhelmingly rejected by the vast majority of Muslims and its only real influence was in Arabia....

 

Darul Qaza like Institutions Should Be Allowed to Come up To Resolve Petty Issues
Abdul Wasey

The system of Darul Qaza, which has been in existence since the advent of Islam, was introduced in India by Mughals and was used to resolve issues and disputes involving Muslims until 1864. When Britishers came to power, they stopped appointing Qazis (equivalent to judges) to these judicial institutions. In 1921, a renowned Islamic scholar Maulana Abul Mohsin Sajjad tried to revive the practice at personal level in Bihar. In its present form in India, Darul Qaza is more like a counselling centre to resolve small disputes as it does not have any power or authority to punish the culprits....

 

The Roots of Islamic Extremism Don’t Come From Islam but From the Reality of the Recent Cold War
Paul Thomas Chamberlin

Recent years have witnessed a surge of interest in political Islam and jihadist violence. An array of commentators have sought to link contemporary groups such as al-Qaeda and the Islamic State to classical Islam — drawing a straight line from the prophet Muhammad to Osama bin Laden and Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. This sentiment animates much of the rhetoric on the right. ...

 

By Rejecting Homogenisation of Cultures, Supreme Court’s Verdict on Section 377 Has Upheld the Rights of Religious Minorities
Faizan Mustafa

The Supreme Court’s observations in the case on Section 377 will have an impact on the laws in 25 states that ban the sale and consumption of beef. A petition against Maharashtra’s beef law is pending with the apex court. Beef consumption cannot be prohibited now on the ground that the majority community reverse cows. Even the privacy judgment recognised that food preferences are essentially about individual choices. Similarly, there is now a question mark on the constitutionality of half a dozen anti-conversion laws in different states in the country. Changing religion is a private matter and the state cannot have a say in it....

 

Indian Supreme Court Has a History of Defending Muslims against the High Courts of Other States
Christophe Jaffrelot

This indicates that many Muslims arrested by the police and charged end up being acquitted, usually for lack of evidence, after spending years, even decades, behind bars. This gap reflects police bias on the one hand, but also the resilient professionalism of the judiciary. Except that the professionalism of the judiciary tends to decrease as one climbs down the judicial institutional ladder....

Aung San Suu Kyi Is Now In a Better Position to Right the Wrongs of Her Government in Myanmar
Azeem Ibrahim

Suu Kyi’s political and moral standing has seen an unprecedented fall from grace in the past couple of years. But for her, this will be the moment of fate. This will be the moment when her entire legacy will be defined. It is now for her to grasp this opportunity with both hands, for her own sake, for the sake of her country and, not least, for the sake of the Rohingya people....

 

There Can Be No Political Reform and Democracy in Any Arab Country without Accepting That Political Islam Is a Part of It
Jamal Khashoggi

Islamists today participate in the parliaments of various Arab countries such as Kuwait, Jordan, Bahrain, Tunisia and Morocco. This has led to the emergence of Islamic democracy, such as the Ennahda movement in Tunisia, and the maturing of democratic transformation in the other countries. The coup in Egypt led to the loss of a precious opportunity for Egypt and the entire Arab world. If the democratic process had continued there, the Muslim Brotherhood’s political practices could have matured and become more inclusive, and the unimaginable peaceful rotation of power could have become a reality and a precedent to be followed....

The UN Reports That the Assault on the Rohingyas Amounted To Genocide

There have been many investigations from a plethora of respected human-rights organisations (Amnesty International, Fortify Rights) about what happened in Rakhine state last year. But this UN report goes further than most. For a start, it declares that the “crimes in Rakhine state, and the manner in which they were perpetrated, are similar in nature, gravity and scope to those that have allowed genocidal intent to be established in other contexts.”...

 

UN Report on Rohingya Genocide:  Nothing Destroys Human Beings More Than Ethnic and Religious Nationalism
Ishtiaq Ahmed

Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, who became a heroine to all of us when she resisted military dictatorship, has now become the biggest disappointment in recent history. Her apathy and indifference towards the suffering of the Rohingyas is appalling. It seems she is a stone-hearted nationalist who wants to stay in power at all costs. Nothing destroys human beings more than ethnic and religious nationalism, and in Myanmar both coincide to create a diabolical military dictatorship which continues, with the façade of a civilian government head by Aung San Suu Kyi....

 

Jeremy Corbyn Has No Need to Apologise to Oppose Zionism on Moral Grounds
Ahmad Samih Khalidi

The question of rooting out anti-Semitism from Labour or elsewhere is not open to debate. But sympathy for the Palestinians is not anti-Semitism, and those who stand in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle and its dead have no reason to apologise for doing so. It behoves those who pretend to be offended by such gestures to remember that no side has had a monopoly over virtue in the 100 years of this conflict....

 

It Is Not Enough To End the Violence against the Rohingya, Far More Must Be Done To Ensure Their Safety in Myanmar
Tun Khin

Myanmar has for decades pursued its genocidal policies against Rohingya, and the violence that started last year merely echoes similarly brutal military campaigns in the late 1970s and early 1990s. The world must act now to break this cycle of violence. Key to preventing history from repeating itself will be ensuring accountability for Myanmar's atrocities. Despite international human rights groups and others collecting overwhelming evidence that the Myanmar military has been responsible for crimes against humanity, none of those responsible have been meaningfully brought to justice...

 

China has reportedly embarked on an aggressive "Sinification" campaign to recast various "foreign" religions to reflect the regime's priorities and the country's unique culture. Abrahamic faiths originating from the Middle East have been the main target of this new policy, which has provoked massive backlash among various ethnic-religious groups. In particular, the large Muslim Chinese community has resisted coercive "re-education" efforts by the authorities, which have progressively restricted religious minorities from observing the basic articles of their faith....

 

There has recently been an array of assessments on India-Pakistan relations meandering between giving Imran a chance to grow on his job and seek peace, and outright condemnation based upon his initial utterances, change of persona which is now much more Islamist and his kowtowing with the Generals to achieve his life's ambition. Post inauguration, he has given much emphasis in his address to the mismatch of layers within the Pakistani society....

 

Canadian Diplomat's Expulsion: Saudi Crown Prince Has Been Feted As A Moderniser But His Petulant Foreign Policy Should Set Alarm Bells Ringing
Nesrine Malik

I call this Desert Rose syndrome, after a 2012 Vogue profile that chose to flatteringly portray Asma al-Assad as first lady of a “wildly democratic” household, in a country that was the “safest in the Middle East”, just as Bashar al-Assad began to intensify a crackdown against his own people. The latest to provoke Desert Rose syndrome is Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince and de facto head of government of Saudi Arabia. His western-friendly mien has won him many admirers, but they will have been pulled up short last week after the country cut all ties with Canada over a tweet....

Arab NATO:  Two Options to Iran Either Change Your Aggressive Conduct or Collapse
Mohammed Al Shaikh

The Helsinki meeting between Trump and Putin had inevitably discussed restraining Iran in Syria, and in return, the US would turn a blind eye to Assad’s control of southern Syria via his recent invasion of the area and to tearing apart the opposition. That is why announcing the Arab NATO which is specifically directed towards Iran puts the Iranian regime before two options: To either change its aggressive conduct which made this alliance emerge or collapse....

 

Research Has Shown That Sharia Councils Are Approached Voluntarily and Are Often Progressive
Faizan Mustafa

Her primary finding is that it is a faulty presumption that only Muslims use Sharia courts as an adjudicatory mechanism. Her detailed ethnography of adjudication shows that different kinds of adjudicatory bodies including Sharia courts, caste councils, sect councils, civil society organisations etc, do adjudicate in family disputes. Sharia courts are the norm and not an exception....

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Imran Khan’s Role in India-Pakistan Relations is A Lot of Sound and Fury Signifying Nothing
Mohammed Ayoob

Wariness bordering on hostility toward India is a part of the Pakistan Army’s institutional memory. No civilian leader, least of all Mr. Khan, can change that. He was the military’s chosen candidate for the job of Prime Minister as events leading up to the elections made evident. Mr. Sharif and several other leaders of the PML-N were either disqualified or incarcerated to prevent them from participating in the elections...

 

I tried talking to a Muslim called Anil a couple of months back. Not only did he not talk to me, he glowered and told me to go talk to myself if the urge to communicate with another Muslim was that acute. When Anil isn’t making a livelihood selling tea out of a small hole-in-the-wall shop down the road from where I live, he’s just another Muslim offering his prayers whenever he can and shielding his identity as Anil....

Myanmar’s Commission of Inquiry Is to Deflect the Pressure from International Bodies and International Criminal Court
Ali Riaz

Two recent developments have once again raised questions about the role of the international community with regard to the Rohingya refugee crisis. These are: the appointment of an “independent Commission of Inquiry (COI)” by the Myanmar government, and the decision of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to commemorate the anniversary of the Myanmar Army's atrocities against the Rohingyas. The question is whether the Myanmar government will be able to get away with this charade, and whether the UNSC commemoration will have any impact beyond its symbolic importance....

 

'Indians, You Turned Out To Be Just Like Us, the Pakistanis'
Khaled Ahmed

Alarmed, the Congress distanced itself from Tharoor. But similarities on the surface can’t be ignored. Pakistan’s major living poet, Fahmida Riaz fled General Zia-ul Haq’s religious tyranny and sought refuge in India. If she thought she had walked into a secular paradise, she was mistaken and wrote a poem, “Tum Toh Hum Jaise Hi Niklay” (you turned out to be just like us) to express her disenchantment....

The Multitude of Mullahs, Imams and Qazis Dish out Their Own Concoctions of Islamic Justice
Shazia Ilmi

Conversely, the multitude of mullahs, imams and Qazis, constituting a self-anointed club of Islamic scholars representing different schools of Islamic jurisprudence, dish out their own concoctions of Islamic justice. Now there is no going back to personal law courts, Darul Qazas, or the age of ignorance. The most fundamental pillar of our democracy, the Indian judiciary, will uphold justice to the last woman standing...

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Do Any of Those Shouting Hoarse Are Familiar with What Goes On In a Darul Qaza
Flavia Agnes

While I can understand the protests by the Hindutva brigade, whose primary aim is to demonise Islam, I fail to grasp why a group which calls itself “Muslims for Secular Democracy” jumped on to this bandwagon. Theirs seems to be a case of “running with the hare and hunting with the hounds”....

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