Islam and the West
Quran’ is the earliest and clearest physical evidence we still have of Islamic
culture shaping the Americas. If you do go looking for it in the Library of
Congress, be sure to stop and admire the famous Renaissance style dome, high
above the beautiful reading room For right there, in plain sight is the word
‘Islam’ alongside ‘Rome’, the ‘Middle Ages’, ‘Spain’, ‘Italy’ and all the other
key cultures the ‘founding fathers’ wanted to honour for shaping the United
States of America and its values....
from Muslim-majority countries, a minority in a predominantly white bureau, say
they are subject to an organizational culture of suspicion and hostility that leadership
has done little to reform. At least one decorated intelligence analyst has been
fired this year after a long ordeal which began with a routine foreign visit to
see his family....
presidential election approaching, media are flooded with headlines suggesting
that Iran is going to be the only country in the world where hard-liners will
not score a victory in the polls. Many depict this as a good news for Iranian
citizens, the region and world because “moderates” will be winning the
election. From my perspective, this completely misleads the public about the
complexities and nuances of Iran’s politics....
After an Oval
Office meeting on Monday with Mr. Trump, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq
told an audience at the United States Institute of Peace that he had been
“given assurances that the support will not only continue but will accelerate”
in Baghdad’s battle against the Islamic State....
If Trump cosies
up to the Russians instead, he will have to accept a close relationship with
Assad’s brutal regime in Syria (no problem there) and also with Russia’s main
ally in the Syrian war, Iran (potentially big problem there). But various
latent conflicts are likely to burst into flame as the big civil wars in Iraq
and Syria stagger to an end. Trump will have to jump one way or another quite
in a secular Arabia where the tribal code of honour with all its ramifications
was the basis of right and wrong. Heroes were those who exemplified the characteristics
of the chivalrous attributes in that society. It was so important that as Islam
enveloped the area, it remained part of the new social order of life and
continued as part of the human code of life with the conquests of new
territory. As such, chivalry became part of the many Arab contributions to the
None of the
incidents that forcefully point to Europe's "Turkish awakening"
happened out of the blue. At the beginning of February, German Chancellor
Angela Merkel and Erdogan held a tense meeting in Ankara. Erdogan clearly
rejected Merkel's mention of "Islamist terror" on grounds that
"the expression saddens Muslims because Islam and terror cannot
seems that the admiration is mutual. As Trump and Prince Salman sat for a photo
op after lunch, Trump smiled, pointed to the Saudi delegation, and said, “They
are nice people.” No, Mr. Trump, they aren’t. They behead people for peaceful
dissent at home. They export the extreme Wahhabist ideology that fuels
terrorist groups. And they are committing war crimes in Yemen. ...
Trump’s Farewell to Charms
S. Mubashir Noor, New Age Islam
S. Mubashir Noor, New Age Islam
internationalism is dead. Or at the very least on death row awaiting execution
should US President Donald Trump push forward with his campaign promises. Why?
Simply put, his declared priorities as president are at complete odds with the
fundamental feature undergirding the post-1945 world order sired and steered by
the US. Once the continents emerged from the ashes of World War II, Washington
as the only standing superpower promised a benevolent model of international
relations that shunned the petty realpolitik of old Europe and its exploitative
colonialism. Positive social virtues like human rights and self-government
would thenceforth illuminate the twentieth century.….
On an official
visit to Israel in 1986, Thatcher said that she regarded discussion of
Jerusalem as “internal politics”. In 2001, Tony Blair’s government granted 90
arms exports licences to Israel for “defensive” weapons – including torpedoes,
armoured vehicles, bombs and missiles. There is much, much more of this in
Cronin’s book, including Blair’s useless and disgraceful period as “peace”
envoy to the Middle East and the growing business contracts between British
companies and Israeli arms providers – to the extent that the British army
ended up deploying Israeli-made drones in the skies of Afghanistan and Iraq....
took on a distinct form that sought to salvage Islam as the imperial bedrock of
the Ottoman Empire, but also create a national identity that altered the
state-society relationship from subject to citizen. The amalgamation of Western
ideas of nationalism and rational governance with principles derived from
interpretations of Islam and imperial governance were dismissed by European
consuls, who thought it necessary for the Ottoman administration to reform by
casting away the traditional knowledge and practices of Ottoman governance. ..
Abdus Sattar Ghazali
At least six
U.S. states are challenging President Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban 2.0 executive
order that bars new visas for people from six Muslim countries and temporarily
shuts down the U.S. refugee program. On March 8, the state of Hawaii filed
suit, arguing the new federal order will harm Muslims living in the state. As
of March 10, five other states have joined together in a combined challenge to
the latest order from Trump.....
Washington’s politicians and pundits – virtually across the political spectrum
– continue to insist that Iran is the chief sponsor of terrorism. It is a
classic example of how Official Washington, which decries “fake news” and
“alternative facts,” is at the forefront of spreading fake news and alternative
Abdus Sattar Ghazali
The ban is
about xenophobia and Islamophobia. The new ban will have the same effect on our
community as the initial one did, and ADC will continue to provide pro bono
legal assistance to those impacted. Further, we will make ourselves readily
available to come out to your city and provide sessions about the ban and its
the New America Foundation, all 13 jihadist terrorists who have killed people
in the United States since Sept. 11, 2001, were American citizens or permanent residents.
None had ties to the seven countries first singled out by Mr. Trump in January.
A federal appeals court, rejecting that order, said his administration had
produced “no evidence” linking citizens from the seven affected nations to
terrorist acts in the United States....
Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam
government has 100% right to vet the people entering the country, but does it
mean a routine vetting at the entrance of every government office? Therefore,
the nature and scope, frequency and rationale of ‘vetting’ and the manner of
framing of the questions must be contested and ratified by the court or else a
Muslim in America will have to carry a Vetting Certificate with him all the
time – somewhat like the Jews wearing Star of David badges in the Medieval ages
and under Nazi occupation….
revised order is a Muslim ban. All the countries he has excluded are more than
90 percent Muslim. Three of them — Iran, Somalia and Yemen — are more than 99
percent Muslim. Even though Mr. Trump tailored his order to survive legal
challenges, as his former adviser Rudolph Giuliani conceded on national
television, his objective is clearly to exclude Muslims....
While it may
disrupt fewer lives, the new ban, and its justification, conveys the same
spurious messages: that Muslims are inherently dangerous and that resettling
refugees represents a dire threat. As part of the new order, the government
intends to disseminate data on “honour killings” committed by foreigners in the
United States. This step, and Mr. Sessions’ unsubstantiated claim about
refugees under F.B.I. investigation, can be read only as a cultural smear....
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam
It is already
clearly apparent, as many predicted that Donald Trump's election as president
of the United States would signal the start of what might be the final
monumental assault on much of what is good in our world. Whatever our
collective gains to date to create a world in which peace, social justice and
environmental sustainability ultimately prevail for all of Earth's inhabitants,
we stand to lose it all in the catastrophic sequence of events that Trump is
now initiating with those who share his delusional worldview.....
should not forget the experience of Israeli Arabs when they think about a
one-state solution, he adds. “We are 1.5 million Arabs inside Israel. We have just
five cities and more than 470 villages. Arabs live divided into small tribes
rather than together. It undermines our Palestinian identity. This is how they
are going to treat Palestinians if we go towards a one-state solution.”....
Dr Ramzy Baroud
this brutal, baseless logic, some American Muslims no longer define themselves
around their own political priorities, nor do they mobilize themselves
alongside their natural allies – those who come from historically oppressed
communities. Instead, they have taken to apologizing for their ‘Muslim-ness’,
rather than demand an apology, justice and equality....
If anything Mr
Putin grows more insistent over time in following and even outdoing the
Bush-Obama school: respectful of Islam as a religion, determined to give his
own Muslim citizens a decent existence as long as they obey him, and open to
geopolitical co-operation with Islamic countries. And in the regions of Russia
where Islam prevails, loyalty to Mr Putin sits comfortably with an increasingly
conservative religious culture....
political class has been embroiled in a decade-long obsession over the place
for the province’s religious minorities in society. Because the discussion has
focused largely on the Muslim veil, the effect has been further social and
economic shunning of Muslims...
In terms of the
number of worshippers, Muslims in France are second after Catholics, and,
estimated at five to six million, are about 10 per cent of the national
population. Immigrant Muslims from North Africa were the builders of France
after the war. However, as they lost their jobs in the 1970s when industries
were shut down and they slid down the economic and social ladder, they also
lost their links with mainstream French culture and institutions....