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Books and Documents

The Origins of Islam: Tom Holland Explains New Book In the Shadow of the Sword
Tom Holland

In an excerpt from his new history of Islam, ‘In the Shadow of the Sword,’ Tom Holland explains why he has written a revised history about the origins of the Quran, the home of Muhammad, and its connection to the Judeo-Christian tradition…

 

Centuries of Shariah law: A British Muslim Lawyer’s viewpoint
Sadakat Kadri is an English barrister and author

"It would be literally impossible to follow all of them because plenty of them directly contradict each other. So you have to make choices and Muslims have been making choices for ... the last 1400 years. "There are interpretations which do justify stoning, which do justify the concealment of women behind Hijabs, which do justify the execution of adulterers. But those are just interpretations of the Shariah….

Saudi Society: Response to New Media

Prince Muhammad bin Saud bin Khaled discusses pros and cons of modern communications technology in his new book titled "Rejection and Acceptance." He gives a theoretical view in the first chapter while explaining the relation between religion and science and its products. He has included the viewpoints of Muslim scholars and researchers in the light of the objectives of Islam and its philosophy in dealing with new scientific developments and innovations. …

Talking to Terrorists: Face to Face with the Enemy
A. Faizur Rahman is the Secretary General of Islamic Forum for the Promotion of Moderate Thought

In his Meditations, the great Roman emperor and stoic philosopher, Marcus Aurelius had written; “Facts stand wholly outside our gates; they are what they are, and no more; they know nothing about themselves, and they pass no judgment upon themselves.” Lest we act in haste, Taylor cautions us that the word “terrorist” is not easy to define and is therefore effectively banned on the BBC World Service and Reuters. …

 

The Pakistan Forecast
Dr. C. Raja Mohan is the Strategic Affairs Editor of the Indian Express

Cohen now brings us a collection of essays written by him and others on the future of Pakistan. The contributors include scholars from Pakistan, India, Britain and the United States. Together they help us reflect on the prospects for a country that is the sixth largest in the world. It is the world’s second largest Muslim nation and with its fast growing population will soon overtake Indonesia as the first. …

 

What’s Inside Muslim Minds?
Ishtiaq Ahmed is Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Stockholm University.

Multiple meanings and interpretations of Islam are possible. The two main interpretative approaches are those of the apologists who strive to reconcile Islam with modernity and the Islamists who fiercely oppose it. The author has adhered to the highest standards of honest and qualified research. The result is a mine of information and profound insights.  … 

Letter from Haripur jail, Pakistan

It is also an inspiring account of the writer’s own struggle against despair and cynicism. Through the author’s graphic descriptions, the reader learns of the conditions of our jails and the treatment meted out to prisoners that virtually criminalise them. But there is also a human dimension to this tale of brutalisation as exceptions are always present. …

Christian Jihad: Why We Can’t Ignore the Bible’s Violent Verses

Is it true that the Bible teaches peace and the Koran war? Only if you approach the books selectively, taking the gentlest of Jesus'' teachings and setting them against the harshest of Muhammad''s. Philip Jenkins''s challenging new book Laying Down the Sword shows that the Bible contains incitements not just to violence but also to genocide. ...

Constructing Religiously Ideal ‘Believer’ and ‘Muslim Woman’ Concepts: Author Adis Duderija explains his book for New Age Islam readers

The concern of my book Constructing Religiously Ideal ‘Believer’ and ‘Muslim Woman’ Concepts: Neo-Traditional Salafi and Progressive Muslim Methods of Interpretation (Manahij) is to explore how on the basis of different manahij, and the assumptions that inform them, the two contemporary Islamic communities of interpretation, NTS and progressive Muslims, conceptualise their respective versions of a religiously ideal ‘Believer’ and ‘Muslim Woman’ concepts. -- Adis Duderija for NewAgeIslam.com

In The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America, Andrew McCarthy demonstrates that leftists and political Islamists have mounted a dynamic double-front against American and Western traditions. McCarthy begins with the historical foundation for the deep natural attraction that draws Islamists and leftists to pursue many of the same ends by employing similar means.  The shared touchstone is centralized control of society for the end of accomplishing social justice -- at least, as respectively defined. -- Karen Lugo

Desai says that he played in the Mahatma’s lap as a child would type letters which Gandhiji dictated to his father Mahadevbhai. The documentary is a tribute to Desai’s commitment to communal harmony too. It is catharsis of an old soldier, a devout disciple of peace’s paragon. “The post-Godhra pogrom of 2002 shattered me. I don’t blame Narendra Modi alone for it. I, as a Guajrati, felt guilty. I felt I too was part of the mob,” recalls Desai in the documentary. “I am doing Prayschit (penitence) through Gandhi Katha”. His daughter insists that Desai is brutally honest in calling 2002’s pogrom a “blot on Gujarat” because he doesn’t seek any favours. -- Adab Nawaz, NewAgeIslam.com

 

British would not even have spoken to Indian leaders or thought of transferring power, and the emergence of Pakistan and India could not have been envisioned, unless the rulers understood the grave threat posed to their rule by this awakening brought on by “Al-Islah” and the Khaksar Movement.” The author said, “it must be realized that behind partition were vested interests of Muslim and non-Muslim leaders. Endorsement of partition breeds hatred between Muslims and Hindus and serves no purpose; therefore, writers and speakers must shun the justification of partition. To obtain peace in the region, the history of both countries needs to be rectified and re-written; peace in the region will not be found, unless it is realized on both sides (India and Pakistan) that partition was not endorsed by the majority of Muslims and Hindus. Partition was a blunder and was sought to meet political ends.”-- Nasim Yousaf

They solicited submissions from across the United States, mainly through Facebook and Twitter, winnowing down a couple of hundred to a collection that represents women with origins in East Africa and across the Middle East to Pakistan, as well as a mixture of ages, professions and sexual orientations. Some experiences speak to issues broader than those concerning Muslim Americans: The woman who discovers that her dream date already has a young daughter, or the woman who comes out to her parents only to learn that they had been reading her blog for years. -- NEIL MacFARQUHAR (Photo- Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi)

 

Mujahid Hussain’s book tells us how holy warriors using terrorism as their modus operandi have spread out from Punjab to new centres of turmoil in Pakistan’s intra-state conflict. There are factors that persuade Pakistan to fight against the terrorist organisations located on its soil. There are equally a number of factors militating against Pakistan’s campaign to fight terrorism. Together, these two contradictory compulsions characterise the current scene. The state has used terrorists in the past through ‘non-state actors’ in a foreign policy of covert ‘proxy war’ in Afghanistan and India. It has not abandoned its intent to do so even after these elements have aligned themselves with Al Qaeda and the Taliban. The use of fully armed non-state actors in deniable wars has tended to create multiple centres of power in Pakistan, meaning that the state has abdicated a large portion of its claim on the ‘monopoly of violence’ in the Weberian sense. -- Khaled Ahmed

In their arguments and examples, the so-called critics of Islam as well as Islamic fundamentalists get caught up in kind of sophistry. They both search for verses in the Koran and writings of the Prophet and subsequently cite them out of context. Fundamentalists then use the authority of the text to justify their authoritarian views. Critics of Islam do the same, although in the name of enlightenment and progress. Islamic reformers act no differently, as they also assert that they know what "Islam" is supposed to be. And as each of these three groups makes the claim to know the true nature of Islam, they lead to an essentialist characterization of the religion and merely reproduce the Orientalist narrative. -- Katajun Amirpur (Photo: Thomas Baur)

 
Take Islam Back to the Quran
Saif Shahin, NewAgeIslam.com

Essential Message of Islam is a labour of love in which Muhammad Yunus and Ashfaque Ullah Syed try to expose these lies for what they are by reverting to the Quran, deriving the meanings of its words, idioms, figures of speech and phrases from their usage across its text, and interpreting the message of its suras and ayats from its “broad moral trajectory”. For instance, Muslims often talk about the Ummah, the brotherhood of all Muslims, but Yunus and Syed say the Quran envisions the brotherhood of the entire humanity. “The Quran recognizes the diversity of human race, language and color (30:22) and declares that if God willed, He would have made humanity into one community (10:18, 11:118), guiding them all (6:149),” they write. A crucial verse (5:48) states: “For each of you We have made a (different) code (Shariah), and an open way (of action). If God so pleased, He would have made you (all) into one community. Therefore vie (with each other) in goodness (so that) He may test you by what He has given you. (Remember, you) all will (eventually) return to God, and He will tell you in what you differed.”-- Saif Shahin, NewAgeIslam.com

Islamic practice is often a mixture of cultural norms mixed with formal Islamic law, resulting in a "curious mixture of unity and diversity" that varies quite a lot from country to country (all religions have such a spread). It is often difficult to see which is which and without an understanding of what is meant by "Islam", and in the face of such cultural pluralism, some scholars refer to "Islam’s", which Ramadan criticizes as being sourced in the confusion between culture and Islam. -- Vexen Crabtree

 

Jameelah had already written strong denunciations of her inherited culture, and of the U.S.-aided Israeli oppression of the Palestinians. Even at the age of eleven, she later noted, she had felt herself drawn to Islam and the Arabs; she had also convinced herself that any Jewish desire to seek a home in Palestine was a desire to recreate the golden days of Arab-Muslim-Jewish fraternization and creativity in Andalusia. Consequently, she was horrified to discover in 1948 that her almost non-Jewish, Ethical Culture-liberal, comfortably suburban parents could be openly racist with reference to the Arabs-particularly, the Palestinian Arabs-and could enthusiastically contribute to fund Zionist ambitions in Israel. It was equally opportune for Jameelah that it was Baker who found her papers, and not some perfervid, jargon-struck academic. As an experienced writer, Baker rose to the occasion by deciding to tell Jameelah's story more or less as it unfolded for her, honestly sharing with us her frustration as contradictory details-even deliberate deceptions-stumbled out. She has skillfully created a narrative that grabs our interest fast, and then compels us to read the book as avidly as one reads a good whodunit. Of course, in this case, it is not the question "Who?" but "Why?" that lies at the center. -- CM Naim (Photo: Maryam Jameelah)

During the past 72 hours since a meeting was held between the president, the prime minister and the chief of army staff, there has been a significant deterioration in Pakistan’s political atmosphere. Increasingly desperate efforts by the various agencies and factions within the government to find a home – ISI and/or Army, or the civilian government-for assigning blame over the UBL raid now dominate the tug of war between military and civilian sectors. Subsequent tit-for-tat reactions, including outing of the CIA station chief’s name in Islamabad by ISI officials, demonstrates a dangerous devolution of the ground situation in Islamabad where no central control appears to be in place. -- Excerpts from Pakistan's Confidential Memorandum to US that led to Ambassador Hussain Haqqani's resignation: Save the civilian government from an army coup, Briefing For Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

High-profile tragedies like the one chosen to be this book’s centerpiece have complex backgrounds, and unresolved endings. Isolating a single bloodcurdling note from a lavish production can be restrictive. Here, however, life and death are constants — one brings the city’s narrative to a standstill but also spawns multiple plotlines — and as the writer will demonstrate, not all with tragic beginnings. This unorthodox approach invites readers inside the epicentre of an ethnically torn heartland, to a venal world where many might fear to tread and few would want to. It helps unearth the different faces of (political, religious, ethnic) terror and the numerous challenges of living in an instant city — viewed as being “stable in a massively unstable way”. The Karachi that Steve Inskeep encounters with its witch’s brew of problems, obfuscating officials and rich heritage thrives in the midst of this horror. The jump back in time to the city’s “short but crowded past” — combined with a striking cameo courtesy of its murky underworld is topped off with a generous mention of the city’s irrepressible spirit and its spiritual centre. In this compassionate group portrait of thirteen million odd citizens, one can find the peculiar characteristics shared by the typical Karachi-wala living on the edge and governed by fear — that of finding amusement in the grimmest of circumstances. -- Afrah Jamal

 

No maps. Zero photography. Lousy editing. Not enough hierarchical detailing. A bunch of convenient deletions. But with ample khaki muscle to be read cover to cover, especially if your nightmares feature that garrison town of Rawalpindi. Caution is advised. "Inside the Pakistan Army" is a book that military sycophants will enjoy and GHQ critics will want to burn. But both those passionate clans will probably forget about it soon enough. "Inside the Pakistan Army's Mess Hall" may have been a more suitable title, where anyone who has had the privilege of dining will agree that - much like the book's content - the food is bland, but the atmosphere is, literally, to die for. Now, some context. Carey Schofield has been where no woman (or man) has been before, at least not for seven years: Inside the belly of the beast that is the Pakistan Army. Interestingly, by default or design, she has managed to slip in an important sliver of information here or there in 10 chunky, broad chapters that shouldn't have taken 7 years to be processed, but then again, Islamabad (correction, Rawalpindi) is rife with rumours about the personal friendships and palace intrigues that may have hindered Ms Schofield's concentration. -- Wajahat S Khan

 

On May 9, 1958, an assassin's dagger pierced through Dr. Khan Sahib's heart and snuffed a life of devotion to the service of down trodden and deprived people. Sir Olaf Curoe author of the famous book "The Pathans" recorded that once when he asked the Doctor who was his role model instantly he replied Sher Shah Suri whose name shines in history for building roads, Sarais and wells for welfare of common people. President Iskander Mirza, his lifelong friend, paying homage to Dr. Khan Sahib described him as "the greatest Pathan of his times, a great leader and a gallant gentleman whose life-long fight in the cause of freedom, his sufferings and sacrifices for the sake of his convictions and his passion to do good to the common man were the attributes of a really great man. -- Syed Afzaal Hussain Zaidi (Photo: Dr. Khan Saheb)

 

Seeing the kind of interest the poet generates among the literati and the spell he casts over connoisseurs, one can safely say Ghalib was not off the mark when he predicted his immortality. Remarkably, Bijnori heaped laurels on Ghalib when he said that there are only two divine books in India: the Veda and Diwan-e-Ghalib, Ghalib's collection of poems. Apart from his huge poetic oeuvre (11,000 couplets in Urdu, 6,600 in Persian), Ghalib has left behind a great body of letters. He is justified when he congratulates himself on inventing a new style of letter-writing in Urdu. Simple, direct and conversational, Ghalib's letters mirror the poet's personal angst; his taste for the good life; and the "travesty" of the times he lived in. Addressed to his countless friends and pupils in far-flung areas, his letters contributed immensely to the evolution of modern Urdu prose. Based on his letters, the book focuses on Ghalib's "lesser-known relationship" with Gujarat. Comprising 61 letters—many of them addressed to the Imam's ancestors (the Nawabs of Kamadhia) and dated between 1859 and 1869—the book shows how Ghalib loved Gujarat and its people. -- Adab Nawaz

 

Pamela Constable, foreign correspondent and former deputy foreign editor at The Washington Post puts the nation under intense scrutiny, identifying the war for Pakistan’s soul “with one set pulling it forwards towards a modern international era, the other back toward a traditional and ingrown world”. Her new book knits disparate elements of Pakistani society extracted from various testimonies into a grotesque tapestry littered with bloodcurdling tales of injustice and violence. Segments from crisply titled chapters — Hate, Khaki; Talibanisation; Honour; Siege — read like a dystopian novel where a society is slowly being unravelled by its own prejudices and “where no cause (is) too noble to subvert, no beneficiary too humble to cheat and no martyr too scared to exploit”. But at the same time it is hard to deny the disturbing trends where “an accusation of blasphemy — however vague and unsubstantiated — has the power to sweep away reason and objectivity even among officials charged with enforcing law and administering justice” or the closet Taliban mindset that allows the real deal to thrive. Or the fact that the sole noble laureate Abdul Salam, an Ahmedi, is seldom mentioned and whose achievements she insists “were an embarrassment and a glitch in the official narrative that Ahmedis are enemies of Islam — infidels to be avoided, mistrusted and despised”. -- Afrah Jamal

 

Nowadays, when we talk about Arab countries, the conversation generally centres on issues like oil, terrorism, revolution, democracy, or human rights. "Science" doesn't usually get a look in. It's no wonder, really. For centuries the Arab world seemed to be disconnected from modern science. A few centuries ago, the shoe was on the other foot. Back then, researchers from the Arabic-speaking world made contributions to science that remains very important to this day. The Iraqi-born British physicist and science journalist Jim Al-Khalili has written a book about this very subject entitled The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance. So when Jim Al-Khalili writes of "Arabic" science, he is referring to scientifc findings that were written down in Arabic, regardless of the nationality of the authors or whether they were Muslim, Christian, Jewish or Zoroastrian. While Europe was in the Middle Ages – the "Dark Ages" – and was devoting comparatively little time to science and research, the area that is now modern-day Iraq in particular was developing into a scientific hub. Jim Al-Khalili draws our attention to the East, to the period of the ninth and tenth centuries, to a flourishing civilisation that was ruled by the Abbasids and gave the world some incredible geniuses.

 -- Anne Allmeling

 
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