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Citizenship to Rohingyas:  Historical Evidence Show That Rohingyas Settlements in Arakan Date Back To the 7th Century C.E
Sultana Yesmin

It is, therefore, meaningless to term people's movement as well as their settlements at that time between the two parts—Arakan of Burma and the then Chittagong Division of Bengal in British India—as illegal. The question of illegal immigration only comes after the demarcation of borders among independent states. Given this above-mentioned analyses, it is no longer rational or reasonable to claim Rohingyas as “Bengalis” or “illegal immigrants from Bangladesh”. Rather they have historically been living in Arakan. Unless their status of ethnicity is recognised or resolved, the long-term solution of the Rohingya crisis will remain questionable....

Had Maulana Maududi Been Alive Today, He Would Have Disapproved Of the Post-1990s’ Trajectory of ‘Political Islam’
Nadeem F. Paracha

In the 1980s, “political Islam” was largely associated with Islamic movements that were inspired by the writings of men such as Pakistan’s Maududi, Egypt’s Hassan al-Banna and Sayyid Qutb, and Iran’s Ruhollah Khomeini. Interestingly, only Khomeini was alive when the term was coined.  Early “political Islam” was fuelled by the intellectual pursuits of these men....

 

No Historical Evidence That Justice Was Upheld During The Reign Of Emperor Jahangir
Mubarak Ali

When the Iranian faction gained influence during the Abbasid period, they restored ancient Persian court ceremonies that were part of the Abbasid Caliphate. The Sassanid kings became models for Muslim rulers. Of these, Anu Sherwan was popularised as a just ruler. Thereafter, justice became an important characteristic of their reign of Muslim rulers. ...

 

Bulandshahr Reminds us that Mob Violence Scars Everyone
Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

The Muslim became the perpetual and potential other, always suspected of being beef eaters and therefore potential outsiders. Nothing much has changed between then and now: cow has been made as the symbol of creating difference between Hindus and Muslims. Cow has become the weapon to target Muslims. No one asks any question from those involved in lynching; rather the onus is on the Muslim to prove that they do not eat beef.....

In an Age of Identity Politics Islam Continues To Polarize Politics in Turkey
Ömer Taspinar

The Islam-vs-secularism duality won’t help you understand why Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party, the AKP, and the secretive religious movement of Fethullah Gulen entered an existential war. After all, this was fratricide within the Islamic camp. The only sensible way to see it is as a power struggle over which type of authoritarianism would govern Turkey....

 

Within a Month or So of Babri Demolition, All the Damaged Mosques in Ayodhya Were Restored To Their Original State
Vijay Shankar Pandey

Thousands of Muslim residents had fled Ayodhya in fear much before the demolition of the Babri Masjid. After the demolition, rampaging mobs had torched and ravaged Muslim homes and damaged mosques in the vicinity of the disputed Babri Masjid. Rule of law had been totally negated and the administration had been a mute spectator to the mayhem. The police had been accused of partisanship and had not stopped the mobs. Who would trust the administration now...

 

China's Relentless Campaign to Erase the Identity of the Uighurs Continues , As The World Remains Silent
Khaled A Beydoun

These concentration camps, which hold more than 10 times the number of Japanese citizens and residents the US government locked away during World War II, are where Uighur Muslims are remade into atheist Chinese subjects. These are horrific sites where fear and physical violence, psychological trauma and emotional abuse are all available tools, wielded to push Uighur inmates to renounce Islam, which the state has called a "mental illness", and reject the distinct Uighur customs that are deeply intertwined with their faith....

 

Tunisia May Be Moving Closer To an Inevitable Showdown with the Islamist Movement
Hany Ghoraba

The term “Arab Spring” followed by the word “paradise” is a combination of words that has not often been used to describe the situation of any country in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region affected by the upheavals of the 2011 Arab Spring Revolutions. These started in Tunisia in December 2010 and then spread to the rest of the region, particularly affecting countries such as Egypt, Libya, Syria and Yemen.....

 

No Arab Country Can Boast a Democratic System as the United States
Hussein Haridy

If this particular Saudi journalist was assassinated, Arab prisons are full of political dissidents and prominent figures from the political opposition whose proper place should be in their countries’ legislative bodies, sharing power with freely-elected officials in the context of a constitutional and democratic form of government....

 

It Isn’t the Mughals’ Origins but Their Religion That Makes Them Suspect
Parvati Sharma

And yet, in Koch’s very words lies a hint of why Jahangir’s dynasty is considered eternally alien. She does not juxtapose “Indian” with “foreign” after all, but with “Muslim”. The Mughals may have loved mangoes; they may have celebrated Diwali and Dussehra, Shivratri and Rakhi; they may have had more Rajput blood than Central Asian, but there is one thing they were not: Hindu....

China Is Particularly Concerned About Uyghur Contact with Muslim Countries
James Dorsey

A list of 26 predominantly Muslim countries considered sensitive by China reflects Chinese concerns that they could reinforce religious sentiment among the People’s Republic’s Turkic Muslim population with potentially far-reaching consequences if the Islamic world were to take it to task for its crackdown in Xinjiang, the most frontal assault on Islam in recent history...

 

Islam and Soft Power: A Concept Born In the Cold War Comes Home To Roost

In truth, religious-power projection long predates the superpower competition of the late 20th century. It was practised by most of history’s traditional empires, whether the faith they propagated was Christian, Muslim or any other. What is different about the 21st century is that technology makes it easier than ever to enter the hearts and minds of people thousands of miles away....

 

Imran Khan Believes In Playing On the Front Foot
Karamatullah K Ghori

The ball is in Imran’s court. Will he, so early in his stint as Pakistan’s leader, take an initiative as earth-shattering, in Pakistani context, as cultivating Israel? Will he bite the bullet and tread a course that none has dared before him? All bets are off. Its Imran’s charisma vs a sacred taboo...

 

Muslims Religious Freedoms Targeted In 2016 Emergency Laws
Samirah Majumdar

Of the seven countries that used emergency laws to restrict religion, Tunisia registered one of the largest increases on the Government Restrictions Index – from 4.1 points in 2015 to 5.7 in 2016. The country declared a state of emergency following terrorist attacks by Islamic militants in 2015 at a beach resort and in the capital, Tunis. The government responded with curfews and arbitrary arrests, harassing men with beards – which many Muslims have for religious reasons – and women wearing Muslim religious clothing such as Niqabs. In some cases, Muslims were reportedly detained and tortured...

 

Israel Has Never Been Interested In Finding Peace
Aijaz Zaka Syed

Trump continues to hold out the grand promise of the “deal of the century” that would once and for all settle the Palestinian question, perhaps by banishing the rest of them from Gaza and the West Bank for good. The Palestinians continue to get killed and persecuted in their own land while the blessed international community with its fine institutions stands and stares...

Identity Politics - A New Threat to Individualism
Adil Rasheed

However, a new threat to individualism has risen in modern polities from what is being described as ‘identity politics’. In simple terms, identity politics seeks to rally special privileges for the “protection” of a particular race, ethnicity, religion, class or gender on the pretext of correcting a supposed historical wrong against it.

The response must also reflect a sober assessment of the substantial and abiding value of our strategic partnership with the Saudis. Few will be pleased with the administration’s ultimate response to this crisis, particularly the hard-line realists on one side and the hard-line idealists on the other. Nevertheless, United States officials should consider how President Bush reacted to Tiananmen Square 29 years ago. This is the time for reasoned, careful actions that fully take into account both our national interests and our principles and values....

 

Muslim Anxieties and India’s Future
Moin Qazi, New Age Islam

All political parties at the helm of the government have resorted to” strategic secularism” to secure a so-called Muslim vote bank – an approach that has stoked resentment among the country’s Hindu majority while doing little to improve Muslims’ wellbeing. India’s Muslims will be hit particularly hard, with further social and political marginalization undermining their economic prospects. Given the size of India’s Muslim population, this is bound to drag down overall economic development....

Islam in the 60s and 70s was relegated to ceremonies like marriage, circumcision, funeral rituals and the many social kenduris of Yaa Sin, Doa Selamat and the Prophet’s birthday. Non-Muslims were never considered a threat to Islam in any way and the populace lived peacefully side by side....

 

Jerusalem, a city sacred to the three Abrahamic faiths, was surrendered by Patriarch Sophronius to Caliph Umar in 637, and the loss of which struck deeply at the Western Christian psyche, with a direct link to the Crusades. The loss of Spain and the glorification of what is known as the Reconquista; the fall of Constantinople and the Eastern Roman Empire; the creeping conquest of the Ottomans in the Balkans and Eastern Europe; and no list of rivalry between Christendom and Islam would be complete without mentioning the Ottomans at the Gates of Vienna in 1683...

 

Arab and Muslim nations have done little to support East Jerusalem’s Palestinian residents
Osama Al Sharif

East Jerusalem’s Palestinians are facing a vicious onslaught as Israel begins to implement a series of measures aimed primarily at limiting their presence in the Holy City and its environs, and weakening their position as residents. Israel’s Jerusalem mayor, Nir Barkat, this week announced plans to shut down and expel UNRWA, the UN agency responsible for Palestinian refugees, from East Jerusalem.....

 

Achieving Religious Harmony in a World of Fear and Populism
James M Dorsey

Underlying the rise of populism, nationalism, protectionism, fear of the other, anti-migrant and anti-foreigner sentiment, and hate speech is an erosion of the norms of debate. Articulation of hate speech has become permissible, if not fashionable.

Muslims Need Education and Economic Empowerment Not the Deen Bachao Thugs
Mohammad Sajjad

Muslim leaders have misplaced and wrong priorities. They think their religious-cultural worries are supreme. Fact is, they can protect their identity only if they are educated and economically empowered. So, their identity concerns made them take to the streets in 1986 on Personal Laws and made the then Govt nullify the SC judgement in Shah Bano. Babri Masjid was thrown open to balance the favour shown to Muslims. They committed the same blunder by responding to the Deen Bachao Rally on April 15, 2018....

The Sacrality of the Faith of Muslims in India Is Being Examined In a Vicious Atmosphere
Rajeev Dhavan

The Muslim side has to open arguments. They were ready then. They are ready now. But shortcut justice is not the answer for an appeal which is reproduced in small print in three volumes covering over 4,000 pages with scores of documents and evidence. What is at stake is the sacrality of the faith of Muslims in India, who are the third largest Muslim population in the world. They cannot be terrorised into submission. Nor can the case be argued under circumstances that are vicious. But argue we will – as we must....

Influential Islamic Scholar Mehmet Zahid Kotku and His Four-Decade Legacy
Andrew Wilks

In the cemetery of Suleymaniye Mosque overlooking Istanbul’s Golden Horn lies the grave of Mehmet Zahid Kotku, an Islamic scholar and preacher who, although little-known outside of Turkey, was one of the country’s greatest proponents of political Islam. For more than two decades until his death in 1980, he presided over the Iskender Pasa Mosque in the city’s conservative Fatih neighbourhood; where many devotees would go on to form the core of Turkey’s current political elite, including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan....

 


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