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The True Cost of Israel
Philip Giraldi

But even without that war, the U.S.-Israeli bilateral relationship has been an expensive proposition for Americans. Whether Israel is a strategic liability or not, or whether its complicated geostrategic situation merits virtually unquestioning support from the United States, the reality is that it has a lopsided relationship with Washington.....

Iqbal’s Wrong Turn
Pratap Bhanu Mehta

Iqbal’s Wrong Turn
Pratap Bhanu Mehta

Many modern Hindu thinkers like M.S. Golwalkar suffered from Prophet Envy. They wanted Hinduism with a totem of unity. They settled on the cow, not as religious piety but as symbol of Hindu unity, and it is beginning to psychologically function in the same way. It is not an accident that there is chilling similarity in the way Mashal Khan was killed, and the way in which people are killed on suspicion of trafficking in cows....

Who Wins Jakarta Election: Does It Matter?
Leonard C Sebastian

The fundamental issue in the Jakarta election was religion. The emergence of hardline Islamic movements in recent years, whether through promulgation of shariah laws or realisation of more conservative attitudes constitutes a new phase of the relationship between state, democracy and Islam. Hardline political Islam has long had a following in Indonesia, bubbling beneath the surface.....

 

Sleepless in Dhaka
Anjum Hasan

How many people like him died? Estimates of the number of non-Bengalis killed ranges wildly between 20,000 and 5, 00,000. Yet these are the minor and the minority deaths — unable to find a place in most stories of the war I’ve encountered in Dhaka, not quite fitting in with the narrative of a beleaguered people fighting for their freedom and their language, their deaths reaching to many times these footnote-level numbers....

 

Apart from the major regional divisions in the Muslim world based on religious factional divisions; even internally almost all these countries have Sunnis and Shias population within their borders. Many Sunni majority countries have sizeable Shia population and vice versa. Therefore this alliance based on ‘Them and Us’, the ‘Inner and Outer’ and those ‘of us and amongst us’ grouping of people does not augur well for internal unity of any country let alone the Muslim world as a whole.....

The Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-F’s Dilemma
Muhammad Amir Rana

It is known that the majority of Deoband scholars are not comfortable with the changing political scenario, which is increasingly becoming anti-extremist and anti-sectarian. They are conservative in their approaches and incapable of responding to the challenge posed by the extremists and terrorists. The real challenge is the extremist arguments that underpin the terrorists’ violent acts. These arguments refute the modern-day concept of nation-based citizenship and call for a pan-Islamic statehood.....

 

Should Pakistan Ex-Army Chief Lead Islamic Military Alliance?
Ahmed Rashid

But Pakistanis are anxious given that 20% of the population are Shia, there are large numbers of Shia officers and soldiers in the army - which has never faced sectarian unrest - and memories of the horrors of the 1980s when Saudi Arabia and Iran were accused of fighting a proxy war on Pakistani soil live on. Each state, it was alleged, funded and supported militant Sunnis and Shia respectively in Pakistan to kill each other.....

End of Enlightenment?
Pervez Hoodbhoy

End of Enlightenment?
Pervez Hoodbhoy

Pakistan’s constitution explicitly distinguishes between Muslim and non-Muslim, Iran officially espouses Vilayat-i-Faqih (guardianship of Islamic jurists), Saudi Arabia prohibits all places of worship on its soil except mosques. Although Israel lacks a constitution because of a conflict between its religious and secular forces, legally, as well as in practice, it privileges Jews over non-Jews. And India, which was once committed to secularism, is now turning into a state for Hindus run by Hindus.....

India’s Civil Code Tinderbox
Moin Qazi, New Age Islam

India’s Civil Code Tinderbox
Moin Qazi, New Age Islam

Sir Muhammad Iqbal wrote, “In view of the intense conservatism of the Muslims of India, Indian judges cannot but stick to what are called standard works. The result is that while the people are moving, the law remains stationary.” To those opposed to reformist ideals, let us remind them of legendary poet Iqbal’s assertion: “[t]he teaching of the Quran that life is a process of progressive creation necessitates that each generation, guided but unhampered by the work of its predecessors, should be permitted to solve its own problems.”....

Ayodhya Dispute
Syed Mansoor Agha , Tr. New Age Islam

Ayodhya Dispute
Syed Mansoor Agha

After migration, the beloved prophet (peace be upon him) reached the city of Madina and aimed at building a mosque. The land he chose for the mosque belonged to two young orphans, and when they came to know that prophet (peace be upon him) was keen on acquiring their land in order to erect a Masjid; they offered the land to him as gift, but the prophet insisted on fixing cost of the land and finally bought it by paying more than the then prevailing price. The mosque was built. Hence we can imagine that Mir Baqi made a mistake while selecting the land of mosque on the hill of Ramkot in Ayodhya and did not take the precautionary measure that the beloved prophet (peace be upon him) exemplified.....

Why France Is Revolting against the Ancient Regime

While everybody agrees that immigration and Islam are major challenges, the mainstream parties have, on the whole, been unable to devise coherent answers. They contend that partition, civil war, or the replacement of the nation state by ethnic-religious communities (referred to as communautarisme) are absolute evils, and must be countered by a "restored" or "reconstructed" secular democracy. Many advise French Muslims to emulate the many compromises made by French Jews after 1789....

 

Condemnation of Israel as an Apartheid State
Samar Fatany

The incriminating UN report concludes that Israel has established an apartheid regime that dominates the Palestinian people as a whole. Aware of the seriousness of this allegation, the authors of the report conclude that available evidence establishes beyond a reasonable doubt that Israel is guilty of policies and practices that constitute the crime of apartheid as legally defined in instruments of international law…..

 

I am an ‘Indian Muslim’ coming from a moderate practicing Muslim family. Brought up in Hindu neighbourhood, studied in a Christian Missionary school and have friends of various faiths and ideologies. During my childhood I used to burn crackers with my friends on Diwali, make Rangolis in neighbourhood. I still have many Hindu, Bengali and Christian friends dining with us on Eid, enjoying ‘Biryani’ and ‘Siwai’ more than I do. Putting ‘Bindi’ on my forehead fascinates me the most...

Confronting Political Islam
Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Although many Americans have heard of jihad, few have heard of Dawa. In theory, Dawa is simply a call to Islam. As Islamists practice the concept, however, Dawa goes far beyond an invitation. Islamist Dawa is a process of methodical indoctrination — brainwashing — that rejects assimilation and places people in opposition to Western civic ideals. If the indoctrination is severe enough, Dawa can place individuals on the path to militant jihad....

UP Elections: Sowed Someone Else, Reaped Someone Else?
Syed Mansoor Agha, Tr. New Age Islam

UP Elections: Sowed Someone Else, Reaped Someone Else?
Syed Mansoor Agha

We are not safe from this weakness. Mr. Gandhi had sensed this weakness of Muslims and succeeded in gaining their sympathy by provoking their emotions for such an issue that had nothing to do with India in any part of history. Our elders participating in the caliphate movement might not sense it that the European invasion against the Ottoman caliphate would not be stopped by their holding conference or marching on the Indian streets. What a political wisdom had he have? He became such a national leader with no membership of congress, but after all no decision could be made without him.....

 
There Is No Harm in Accepting the Defeat
Shakeel Shamsi, Tr. New Age Islam

There Is No Harm in Accepting the Defeat
Shakeel Shamsi

Instead of blaming EVMs, excusing the split of Muslim votes or the negative impact of appeals made by Muslim clerics, complaining against non-cooperation of social organizations, the defeated parties and leaders had best do their self-introspection. They should think why did the policy of crying “the wolf came, the wolf came” not work? They need to think why could they not make any solid objective of the election for preventing BJP from coming to power? Why did Rashtriya Ulema Council, All India Ulema and Mashaikh Board and Shiite clerics appeal for casting vote against them? What did the defeated parties do? Did they take care of welfare of Muslims or simply fill the laps of the Muslim leaders instead? ….  

 

The World’s Silent Complicity in Iranian Apartheid against Ahwazi People
Rahim Hamid

For years, the lack of solidarity from the Arab countries, and in particular the neighbouring Arab Gulf countries, and the apathy of international organizations with regards human rights violations by the Iranian state, has given Iran a free hand to exercise a power to decide life or death in all the occupied communities, including Ahwaz, but also south-Azerbaijan, Kurdistan and Baluchistan, where repression and terrible suffering remain unaddressed by the international community.....

 
What Explains BJP’s Win in UP
Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

What Explains BJP’s Win in UP
Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

While reams of paper have been wasted arguing the positives and negatives of demonetization, what escaped the analysts’ attention was that this was never a move about black money or to positively influence the economic order. It was a thorough political move aimed at transforming Modi into an icon of the poor. While we all saw the recalibration of ATMs to accommodate new notes, what we missed was the simultaneous recalibration of Modi’s image as the messiah of the poor. Politics is about perceptions and till the time Modi is seen as hurting the interests of the rich, he will remain the darling of the masses....

Israel’s Rejection of Peace Grows Bolder
Ray Hanania

Worse is that Israelis, angry that they had to give up on their dream of a “Greater Israel” that encompasses most of the Middle East including Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, voted overwhelmingly to elect hard-line extremists to reject peace and pursue a tough military policy against Palestinian civilians. What is amazing to me is that Israel has been rejecting peace openly and without shame for the past 20 years and no one in the Arab world has done anything about it....

 

Syed Shahabuddin: The Failure of a Promise
Syed Shahabuddin

A career bureaucrat, a politician and a chronicler of Muslim times are some of the ways in which one can describe Syed Shahabuddin. A risk taker, he resigned from his job in the Indian Foreign Service to become a full time politician, something which was a rarity those days, especially for someone who was a Muslim. A man with middle class moorings, it must have required great courage and conviction to leave his job and try to dabble in politics....

American Muslim’s Oscar Win Highlights Religious Bigotry in Pakistan
Patrick Goodenough

American actor Mahershala Ali was hailed in world headlines this week as the first Muslim to win an Academy Award for acting, but in Pakistan, his achievement generated controversy, reinforcing that country’s reputation as a leading violator of religious freedom. Ali, who won the best supporting actor award for his role in “Moonlight,” converted to Islam in 1999 – but then joined a moderate Islamic sect considered deviant by many mainstream Muslims and as an abomination by Sunni hardliners.....

 

One Huge Mockery of Justice: 2005 Delhi Blasts
Deepak Sinha

Finally, one cannot help but ask a question of our Uber patriots who are frothing at the mouth over the recent events at Delhi University: Why has this Government not taken heed of what transpired in the Delhi bomb blast case? Is it also complicit like the Congress or does it find it easier to terrorise a 20-year old student and organise flag marches rather than to deal with the actual business of making the country safe?....

 

No Country for the Rohingyas Imagine Living in a Country, But Being Denied Citizenship
Archana Masih

While the Rohingyas have received strong public support from the international community and there has been virulent criticism of the actions of the Myanmar government in the press and the social media, the responses of the various governments have been much more measured. Some Organization for Islamic Cooperation countries like Indonesia, Malaysia and Turkey have reached out with humanitarian assistance and practical help to the Myanmar government,...

Why Mahmoud Abbas Is Israel’s Best Partner for Peace
Elhanan Miller

Again, embracing Jews as citizens is not new for Mr. Abbas. Back in 1977, he blasted the Arab world for turning against its Jewish citizens following the creation of Israel in 1948, forcing them to migrate to Israel. “The Arab regimes’ treatment of Jewish citizens is as regrettable as it is painful....

 

Politicizing Religion Harms both Religion and Politics
Taha Akyol

How nice were our dreams when we were entering the “information age.” All totalitarian regimes, left and right, had fallen. The correctness of democracy and the market economy were certainly proven.  The “Arab Spring” had elevated this optimism all together; “Muslim democracy” concepts started being debated.  However, this optimism did not last long....

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