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Waging Patience, Not Violence:  A New Historical Understanding of Jihad
Asma Afsaruddin

It further helps to undermine the often ideologically-motivated position that Islamic thought is univocal and ossified and that there is a fundamental “clash of civilizations” between a monolithic, frozen Islamic world and a monolithic but dynamic West. Part of the argument I will be making in the book is that if there is indeed a clash of world-views today, then that clash is to be found more among Muslims themselves rather than between Muslims and non-Muslims on a number of critical issues. ...

 

As Tunisians are we in a position to be able to enjoy freedom? Are we in a position to introduce democratic conditions? Can we really respect others? Or are we having a revolution only in order to return to the old times? The Islamists want to force us to dress according to their rules; otherwise they threaten to kill us. We're not even allowed to discuss religion or morality openly anymore!....

 

Fitnah Targets Islam: 'Ready to Cause Affliction'
Hajer Naili

Mohammad said: "I have left behind no Fitnah more harmful to men than women." This is a recurring theme in all major religions. There is a Jewish prayer that says: "Blessed are you, Lord, our God, ruler the universe who has not created me a woman." In the Bible, there is one verse that says: "Her filthiness is in her skirts" (Lam.1:8-9). There are of course many examples of religion's misogynist perception of women…..

Is there a solution? Yes, we need to redefine Pakistan. The Two-Nation Theory brought the country into existence, but it cannot hold the country together, not any more. What we need now is a constitution that gives exactly the same rights and opportunities to all of its citizens independent of their ethnicity or religious affiliation, and a mechanism that can enforce the laws that matter most, those of life and personal security to its citizens. …

 

Mona Eltahawy on Egypt’s Next Revolution
Mona Eltahawy

Eltahawy takes pride that though she became an activist, a frequent TV talking head opining about the Arab Spring, she has remained a writer. Indeed, she was recently signed by the distinguished publishing house Farrar, Straus & Giroux to write a book about her experiences and the plight of women in the Mideast, including her opposition to female genital mutilation. (Her working title is Headscarves and Hymens.)…

 

For some time now, the proponents of international Wahhabism have been working on a plan to establish a Wahhabi zone of influence that extends right across the entire Sahel region, from Niger, northern Nigeria and Mali through to Senegal. This represents a huge threat to our brand of Islam, which has always lived in harmony with local cultures....

Tarek Fatah: India Is the Only Country Where Muslims Exert Influence without Fear
Tarek Fatah

The onus is on us. You can't fight fascism batting on the back foot. You've got to hit it out of the park. I put harsher responsibility on Indian Muslims because they are free, living in a democratic society. If they want to know what it's like to live under Islamic rule, they can see what`s happening in Pakistan....

Islam, Essential to America?
Scott Korb

The book was my own effort to equip myself to talk about and engage with the nation’s fastest growing religion, to offer a snapshot of one of its most influential institutions, and to tell the stories of the students and scholars who have taken up the challenge of this experiment in American education....

 

Towards a Better Understanding of the Quran: Does the Quran Really Advocate Peace?
Dr. Shabir Ally

Some scriptures are in conflict with each other, or are in conflict within themselves in that you may have one part of the scripture promoting peace and the other part of the scripture being extremely violent, and this has been noticed in the studies of the scriptures of the world’s religions…..

'We Shared One Thing in Guantánamo Bay – Pain'
Ahmed Errachidi

The ordinary soldiers were executing orders. They were very cruel, but they were being used as well. They were told that we were terrorists who had been trained not to feel pain. If I was to meet them today, I would tell them that what they did was wrong, but I would forgive them. But the politicians, the generals in charge – I will never forgive those people. I believe they need to stand trial....

 

Mohammad says he also supports Saudis going to fight in Syria. Dozens of Facebook pages memorialize Saudis killed in Syria. Late last year, a judge in one Saudi city told young anti-government protesters that they should be fighting jihad in Syria, not demonstrating at home. Reached by phone, Abdurrahman al-Talq, father of one of the defendants, recalls what the judge said….

 

Sufism Is Everybody’s Cup of Tea
Muzaffar Ali

As I said before, Sufism is everybody’s cup of tea. I am one of those who got into it because I was concerned about where I was coming from — unless you belong somewhere you don’t get that feeling of rootedness. Then your sensibilities get a different type of shape. Slowly, I found Sufism seeping into everything that I did, through music, through poetry… I found Sufism through my rootedness —...

Bangladesh Jamat-e-Islami Misguiding International Human Rights Bodies
Garga Chatterjee

People in Shahbag are indeed asserting the importance of secular politics. This is evident in their slogans and in the absence of informal obeisance to this religion or the other, which take place in many other 'secular' scenarios. Apart from brief Namaz [prayer] breaks, I noticed nothing that had any particular stamp. What was interesting that most of the assemblies were not talking of 'true Islam' or 'true Hinduism'....

In Pakistan, Dance Is Almost Taboo - Mine Is an Act of Defiance and Resistance
Sheema Kermani

We are waiting for them to bring about change - women are ready but men have fallen into the trap of religious fundamentalism. It suits them in certain ways to keep women suppressed, i guess. Activists are trying to help. There are some organisations that provide help and assistance such as the Pannah group, War against Rape and Rozan. ....

 

A Wahhabi cleric in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Mohamed al-Arifi, issued a fatwa that permits fighters to marry few hours with girls as young as 14. What we know is that there are girls being attracted to go to Syria for jihad, and therefore we must stand up against this problem. When news first emerged about young people going to Syria for jihad, many slandered the media and the figures who called for attention to this point, and accused them of lying....

 

India Must Help Us Before Nasheed Is Murdered
Mohamed Nasheed

The president was heckled and his address to Parliament on Monday was repeatedly disrupted. We passed a Bill to abolish his party as it doesn't have the required number of members - 10,000 - to exist as a legitimate political party. This angered him. The majority of parliamentarians do not recognise him. Nasheed's arrest has been carried out in retaliation to our party's relentless campaign…

Afia Aslam:  One Witnesses a Pseudo-Elitist Culture At Literary Festivals
Afia Aslam Editor of Online Literary Magazine, Pap

Aslam says Pakistani readership for English literature has grown only recently, that too owing to the prevalence of mobile phones and the internet. She says what bothers her most is the writers’ choice of themes. “Everyone is trying to write classics focusing on big social and political issues,” she said.  ...

 

“So many people have their own baseless judgments about Qur’an and Islam and they criticize the religion, but they have never read the Qur’an,” she noted. “It absolutely surprises me how people make judgments on something they have not read,” she added….similar ideas and approaches to our faith. Once I realized that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was preaching to all people of the Book, I realized that I, too, was part of his community,” …..

 

A Peek into the Afghan Taliban Mind
Munizae Jahangir

“We have never invited Pakistan or Afghanistan for talks. Afghan Taliban is a reality and we do not feel a need to sit across the table with Pakistan. We will hold peace talks with the US. The Afghan people or government can be taken on board at a later stage,” he added. Influential Pakistan politico-religious leader Maulana Fazl ur Rehman travelled to the Qatari capital earlier this month to facilitate talks with the Taliban, albeit the two sides officially denied the Doha rendezvous....

 

Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?
Peter Laarman

I decided I wasn’t going to read them. My wife did read them and called me in tears over the way people attacked our son and family. (She’s used to the attacks on me.) I must say that I have gotten a great many private messages from leading evangelical and even charismatic leaders who want me to know that they do not endorse or share the venom expressed in the published comments. Many progressive Christians have sent kind and supportive messages, too. .....

 

Do Away With Narrow Mindedness; the Desire to Make More Nukes Would Also Disappear
Pervez Hoodbhoy

As for the Islamic Bomb, as yet it is not a reality. The bomb that Pakistan made was, at least initially, purely in response to India's 1974 test. Growing radicalization in Pakistan could change that, and some religious-political parties do claim the bomb for Islam. They want to terrify Pakistanis into believing that we are under constant siege and thus create a climate where the right-wing ideology of hate and violence can flourish....

 

Mohamed Morsi: ''We Don't Want a Theocratic State''
President Mohamed Morsi

I'm doing my best. I am pleased that there is diversity of opinion and am glad that we have an opposition. We are still learning how to cooperate in a fully democratic environment – with real freedom – for the common good of all Egyptians so that we can move forward together. No one has the right to use force. At the moment, we do not have a parliament, but that will soon change….

 

What this means for Israel in the region, regardless of the United States, is that the Muslim Brotherhood whether they have the support of the Egyptian people, or not, will be extremely sympathetic to the Palestinian cause. Although the Muslim Brotherhood has made it clear since coming to power that they will respect the Camp David agreement, they have slowly started to show that perhaps they will seek a revision of the established relations with Israel.

 

Muhammad (pbuh): Deep Commitment to Social Justice, Radical Protest against Greed and Corruption and Impassioned Engagement with the Idea of Unity, Both, Human and Divine
Lesley Hazleton

There was a terrific story to be told here: the journey from neglected orphan to acclaimed leader—from marginalized outsider to the ultimate insider—made all the more dramatic by the tension between idealism and pragmatism, faith, and politics. I wanted to be able to see Muhammad as a complex, multidimensional human being, instead of the two-dimensional figure created by reverence on the one hand and prejudice on the other. I wanted the vibrancy and vitality of a real life lived....

Hamas is Israel's Creation
Farooq Sulehria

After Sept 11, and even before that, the images of the Arabs have been negative: If he is a man he is a terrorist or a wife-beater. If she is a woman, she is pictured as a veiled victim. After the fall of "Communism", the western world needed a new enemy. The way Mossad created Hamas, CIA created Bin Laden and al-Qaida. In the beginning of the second Intifada the typical story in Israeli and international media was: Palestinian mother sending her child to an Israeli checkpoint to become a martyr....

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