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Books and Documents

What Do Islamist Extremists Believe?

The churning and displacement in the wake of recent wars are not a return to an authentic earlier version of Islam or of Muslim power. It is a period of radical change in which sectarian and religious minorities are cleansed from their ancestral lands: Muslims today make up a larger proportion of the population of the Middle East than ever before. The brief optimism and eclecticism of the postcolonial era, where cultural identity could be vague and political energy was directed to ideas like pan-Arabism, socialism and secularism, are disappearing.....

 

Relations between Muslims and People of Other Faiths

One issue that one could differ with the Maulana, though, is his understanding of the relationship between human beings and nature. In a chapter on Muslims and scientific education, he speaks of monotheism as having lead man to think of nature not as something to be worshipped but as ‘a thing to be exploited’, something ‘to be conquered’, an ‘object’ of ‘conquest’. ..

 

Wahhabi Terrorism or the Sufi Saints' Peace Path
Stephen Suleyman Schwartz

Explaining Sufism as an alternative to Wahhabi terrorism (and its South Asian variants, Deobandism, inspirer of the Taliban, and the radical Jamaat-e Islami founded by Maududi) he must needs take up many things. These include the metaphysical principles in common between Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam, the origins of Sufism and Shiism, the schools of Islamic jurisprudence, and the doctrines of the outstanding Sufis...

 

We Face Instability of Global Proportions Because Of the Dominant ‘World Mind'

The ‘world mind’ that Laszlo calls for is based on what he calls a ‘planetary ethic’. “In a globally interacting and interdependent world,” he writes, “the dominant ethic cannot be local, regional, or ethnic. It cannot be only a Christian ethic, or Jewish Muslim, or Hindu ethic—it must bring together all the ethics that guide people’s behaviour.” This planetary ethic, Laszlo says, must be reflected in awareness of human responsibilities.....

 

Until We Are Free: My Fight for Human Rights in Iran

Armed with her training in both Sharia and civil law, and taking on the cases of persecuted reporters, dissidents and minorities, she enters a trench war within Iran’s deteriorating and corrupt legal system. ....

Dewan-e-Farid
Sadia Dehlvi

Dewan-e-Farid
Sadia Dehlvi

Known for pluralistic religious symbols to express his religious devotion and belief in the oneness of God, Khwaja Ghulam Farid in another verse writes, “Day and night, morning and evening, My ears hear Krishna’s flute, From the first day Ranjha graciously, plays his holy flute and lets me hear, celestial music in the mode of unity.”

 

This week, Roberts traveled to Marrakesh, Morocco, alongside more than 250 Muslim religious leaders, heads of state, and scholars, for a groundbreaking summit. On Wednesday, the Muslim leaders released the Marrakesh Declaration: a 750-word document calling for religious freedom for non-Muslims in majority-Muslim countries.

 

Modernity, Identity, And Technology In Palestine Before The Nakba
Alex Winder

At the outset, Haiduc-Dale describes the book’s focus as “the variety and meaning” of Palestinian Christian “actions in response to circumstances created by the onset of British rule as a way of understanding the process of identification.” Yet by forcing most interactions into the framework of Muslim-Christian relations, Haiduc-Dale forecloses certain avenues of potential identification on the part of Palestinian Christians. Arab Christians would benefit,…

 

Muslim Women: From Victims to Suspects

Today, Muslim women face attack — not the horrors of fundamentalist regimes, obviously, but verbal abuse, spitting, minor assaults such as pulling headscarves off — on the streets of the liberal democracies in which they grew up or where they took refuge. Often with small children in tow, they are harassed as symbols of the very world view that is presumed to subjugate them.....

 

Tricked Into Cheating and Sentenced to Death
Shirin Ebadi

As promised, the cleric had issued a backdated marriage certificate that showed them, at the date of filming, to have been “Sigheh,” or temporarily married. Under Sigheh, the duration of the marriage is determined in advance; it could be as short as an hour or as long as a decade. If a child is born, he or she is a rightful child, with all legal entitlements from both parents. When the Sigheh expires, the couple should separate, unless the arrangement is mutually extended. ....

Anyone who dares to protest against the atrocities of Pakistani administration and its intelligence agencies is tortured, prosecuted and eventually eliminated. It may be recalled that innocent protestors were killed in Chilas, when they protested peacefully against the construction of Diamar Bhasha Dam on their land, the UN disputed territory without their consultation. Similarly, innocent protestors were killed in Hunza.  ....

 
Parenting—The Spiritual Way
Roshan Shah, New Age Islam

Parenting—The Spiritual Way

I was only one thing—the mother of my son”, she writes. “Nothing else mattered. No one else mattered. Definitely not me, my body, or my mind. Everything else could wait.” In this regard, Behl advises parents that they need to give time to each other and to themselves, too. “Your child will respect you more when he sees you have a life outside of him,”...

Love Story: Two Memoirs of Falling In Love with Syria

What is being lost as Syria bleeds? Not just lives, but a tradition of pluralism and tolerance, all too rare in the Middle East, and a rich cultural treasure-house. ....

 

Book Review: Purifying the Land of the Pure: Why Pakistan Has No Place For Minorities
Rana Banerji

In her book, Purifying The Land Of The Pure, Farahnaz Ispahani explains the plight of minorities in Pakistan.

Though Mohammed Ali Jinnah had re-assured Pakistan's minorities in his August 11, 1947, speech that they would be "free to go to your temples, mosques or any other place of worship" and that there would be "no discrimination, no distinction between one community and another", this vision remained unfulfilled.

"What about Hazrat Khadijah, the first wife of the Prophet? Wasn't she a businesswoman? She can only impress people who don't know history or culture. What "our" culture is she talking about? "Isn't Heer Ranjha part of Punjabi culture? It is the most celebrated folk story here. For centuries it has been sung and dramatised. It is essentially a celebration of love. How is it any different from the celebration of Valentine's Day?....

 

Unlike The Bible there is one version of the Quran inherited from generation to generation back to the prophet Mohammad. Any ancient manuscript that will be discovered will not be of any interest to the Muslim communities and will be rejected if it has a verse different of what we have in our present Holy Book.....

 

Muslim Ummah  مسلم امہ

مسلم امہ اور اس کے اتحاد کے بارےمیں ہماری تاریخی غلط فہمیاں ہیں کیونکہ جہاں تک ابتدائی دور میں مسلم امہ کا تعلق ہے وہ ہمیشہ سے اندرونی طور پر اختلافات کاشکار رہی ۔ سیاسی گروہ بندیاں ، فرقے عقائد کا اختلاف اور سماجی و سیاسی اختلافات نے اسے کئی ٹکڑوں او رجماعتوں میں تقسیم رکھا اور ہوا کہ بیرونی طور پر ان جماعتوں اور گروپوں کو معاشی و سیاسی مفادات نے جکڑے رکھا، مگر جیسے ہی یہ مفادات کمزور ہوئے مسلم امہ کا اتحاد اس کےساتھ بکھر گیا۔

 
Dispossessed in the Name of 'Security'
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

Dispossessed in the Name of 'Security'

'There are no military strategies that focus on the root causes of climate change and what should be done to change these, because the military's primary objective is to secure the current world order, no matter how unjust or unsustainable it is'.  And yet, despite everything that the military and corporations do to destroy the bonds of human solidarity in our world, many people still act selflessly...

 

Ulema and Social Welfare  علماء اور سماجی بہبود

مشنریوں کے سماجی بہبود کے کاموں کی وجہ سے ہندوستان میں روایتی عوامی بہبود کا تصور بری طرح متاثر ہوا کیونکہ اب تک لوگوں کی مدد ان پر ترس کھاکر کی جاتی تھی اور انہیں جو کچھ بھی دیا جاتا تھا وہ خیرات و صدقے کی شکل میں ہوتا تھا اس لئے غریب لوگوں کو اپنی غربت اورمحتاجی کااحساس ہوتا تھا۔ معاشرہ میں ایسے اداروں کا وجود نہیں تھاکہ جو لوگوں کی خدمت کریں، اور جہاں فرد کی اہمیت نہ ہو بلکہ ادارے کی اہمیت ہو۔

 

Behind the Veil: The Secret Lives of Young Women Who Are Transforming the Arab World

She acknowledges the problems with “many Salafi, or fundamentalist interpretations of Islam,” and she rightly notes, for example, that honour killings are “almost unknown outside the Islamic world and its diaspora.” Yet she goes on to say, in the next sentence, that “honour killings are not mentioned in the Qur’an.” This is typical of the kind of careful dance she does throughout the book....

 

A Truly Universal Message about a Truly Universal Issue
Pope Francis

A worldview that has no room for God, being purely materialistic, is thus a sure recipe for mindless hedonism that leads to environmental disaster because each thing produced and consumed is a depletion of the earth’s treasures. Obsession with a lifestyle based on consumerism can only lead to violence and mutual destruction, Pope Francis stresses. “In the end, a world of exacerbated consumption is at the same time a world which mistreats life in all its forms,”.....

Ulema and the Society  علما ء اور معاشرہ

مذہبی رواداری اور امن پسندی کا اس وقت خاتمہ ہونا شروع ہوا جب عیسائی مشنری تبلیغ کی غرض سے ہندوستان اٗٓ نا شروع ہوئے مشنریوں کی جماعتیں جدید تعلیم و تربیت ، تنظیمی ڈھانچہ ،ڈسپلین ،حکومت و عہدے داروں کی سرپرستی کی وجہ سے زیادہ فعال اور موثر تھیں ۔ انہوں نے اسلام اور ہندوستان کے مذاہب کا مطالعہ اس مقصد کے تحت کیا تھا کہ ان کی خامیوں کو اجاگر کیا جائے اور ان پر حملہ کر کے انہیں شکست دی جائے۔انہوں نے چھاپہ خانے کی ایجاد سے بھرپور فائدہ اٹھایا او ربڑی تعداد میں اپنے مذہبی عقیدوں پر کتابیں اور پمفلٹس لکھے اور ان کو اٗٓزادانہ طریقے سے لوگوں میں تقسیم کیا۔

 
The Struggle for Merdeka in West Papua
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

The Struggle for Merdeka in West Papua

....Indonesian elite ensures that West Papua is relatively isolated from media scrutiny, access to international agencies and diplomats (even though many western states are well known to oppose any indigenous struggle for self-determination, given it would only raise questions about their own subjugated indigenous populations)....

 

Ulema after the Establishment of Pakistan  علماء پاکستان کے بعد

1946ء میں مسلم لیگ نے مشائخ کی ایک کمیٹی کو قائم کیا اس کےبارےمیں سلیم ۔ ایم ۔ قریشی نے اپنے مقالہ ‘‘پاکستان میں مذہب و سیاست’’ میں لکھا ہے کہ ‘‘نواب ممدوث’’ سر فیروز خاں نون ’ اور سردار شوکت حیات جیسے لوگ بھی کہ جو کسی طور سے مذہبی نہیں تھے۔ انہیں مذہبی خطابات دیئے گئے جیسے ممدوٹ شریف، دربار سرگودھا شریف وغیرہ تاکہ عام مسلمانوں کو یہ تاثر دیا جائے کہ ان کے حامیوں میں بڑے بڑے مشائخ بھی ہیں۔

 

Colonial Era and Ulema  نو آبادیاتی دور اور علماء

علما ء کا نقطہ نظر ان بدلتے ہوئے سیاسی حالات میں ایک نہیں تھا ۔مثلاً ان میں کچھ اب ہندوستان کو دارالحرب سمجھتے تھے ، جب کہ کچھ اسے اب تک دارلامن یا ان دونوں کے درمیان قرار دیتے تھے اور اس لئے انہوں نے مسلمانوں کو ہدایت کی کہ وہ ہجرت کر کے دوسرے ملک میں نہیں جائیں اور ہندوستان ہی میں رہیں کہ جہاں انہیں مذہبی امور کی آزادی ہے۔ لیکن کچھ علماء کی تعداد ایسی تھی کہ جنہوں نے اس چیز کوذہن میں رکھتے ہوئے کہ ان کا رابطہ انگریزوں سے نہ ہوجائے ۔ ہندوستان سے حجاز ہجرت کرلی اور اور وہاں پر ہی مستقل سکونت اختیار کرلی ۔

 
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