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The Muslim clerics may have a valid reason to disassociate Islam from such audio messages, but their silence and failure to condemn it in strong terms may give the impression to the common people in the community that they are not against it. Since Muslim intellectuals are not ready to confront the challenge of Jihadi radicals like Zakir Musa and others, the Muslim masses are bound to follow the dictates of the self-serving Ulema/ Islamist Indians.....

The Debate over the Future of Muslim Politics
Ali Khan Mahmudabad

However, a recent statement by the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, a body of 16 Muslim organisations that seeks to transcend the various sectarian divides within the community, stated clearly that Indian Muslims “are in the grip of fear.” And in Urdu newspapers and other largely Muslim forums, a number of prominent figures from the community have been holding forth on the political future of Muslims in India....

Duterte Thinks He Can Bomb Islamists into Submission, He Cannot
Zachary Abuza

But the decision to radically shrink the mission coincided with both the resurgence of Abu Sayyaf — a small group of Muslim militants best known for its campaign of kidnappings, which rebranded itself then by declaring allegiance to the Islamic State — and the spread, in the Philippines and elsewhere in Southeast Asia, of new radical Islamist groups. Today, at least six groups in the southern Philippines have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State....


Kurd Independence Referendum
Arif Taj

Iran has an immense influence in Iraq over its Shia population and militants in the region and Turkey close ties with various factions of the ISIS. Barzani’s bid for independence may turn out to be a battlefield among Kurds themselves and the neighbours— another theatre of proxy war in the Middle East after Syria....


It seems that ‘all is fair’ therefore in the love of winning a war for one's agendas, even if it means flaunting in the name of their religion. The phrase ‘all is fair in love and war’ was used in the novel the “Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit”. It could be taken as a satirical statement if one so wishes to demonstrate that when infatuation takes hold, a person loses all faculties of reason and balance of judgement. Such seems to be the case in most Muslim countries where religious passion—infatuation with religion-- has sapped faculties of reason of people who as followers of edicts of so called religious masters carry out their programs, robot fashion in submission....

Facts Don't Back the Argument That Most Indian Muslims Wanted Partition
Rupa Subramanya

There's a peculiar cognitive dissonance among those who argue correctly that the Nehru-led Congress was an elite party operating under a system of limited franchise before 1947 but refuse to accept that absolutely the same logic applies to Jinnah and the Muslim League during this period. You can't say that Nehru was an elite leader and Jinnah had mass support, when both were operating in exactly the same political system before partition....


Orwell Casts His Shadow on Istanbul’s Culture Scene
Nazlan Ertan

The exhibition does not seek to duplicate Orwell’s concept of doublethink, where the state denies the individual the right to his own thoughts. On the contrary, Moscow conceptualists such as Pavel Pepperstein, who have inspired this exhibition, flip the concept of doublethink back to the state. For them, doublethink is a form of resistance to what the state imposes and a beginning where the artists can freely play with text and image. “You probably think of doublethink as a negative concept. We in Russia think of it as just the beginning,”....


Why General Rawat and Major Gogoi are Wrong about Kashmir
Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

While the section of the media which supported major Gogoi was doing so for obvious ideological reasons having thrown to the wind the cautious journalistic ideal of speaking truth to power, those who were mildly critical of major Gogoi’s action were the more interesting of the two. This later section of the media portrayed the entire incident as an exception rather than a rule and that in doing so this major had erred and deviated from the norm followed by the Indian army. ...

The Gulf Widens: The War Would Engulf Not Just the Entire Middle East but South Asia
Ayesha Siddiqa

A war would cripple the Islamic world as Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies would fight with the help of Egypt and Pakistan against a Qatari-Turkish military contingent. Turkey is displeased with the UAE for its alleged financing of the failed military rebellion in 2016. It has already dispatched 3000 troops for Qatar’s defence....

Influence-Rich Saudis Blow through Sunni Unity
Bruce Riedel

The Qatar affair combines American incompetence, Saudi bullying and Qatari game-playing with Iranian meddling and subversion. Too many outside players are getting involved muddying the waters. What began as farce may end as much worse...


Israel-Palestine from Both Sides of the Mirror
Roger Cohen

The jubilation of military victory, quicker and more comprehensive than seemed possible, has long since subsided into a grinding status quo: the oppression of 2.5 million Palestinians in the West Bank, the confrontation with 1.8 million in encircled Hamas-run Gaza and the corrosion of Israeli democracy that accompanies this extended exercise in dominion. Often called unsustainable, the occupation has proved altogether sustainable....


Why the Indian Government Must Bat For Muslims
SNM Abdi

The minority community's unwavering faith in the judicial and democratic process despite provocations is one of the most wonderful aspects of our great country. That's why mass leaders like Singh should not miss even a single opportunity to praise the community for its impeccable behaviour and positive attitude in today's increasingly hostile environment, even if it means displeasing Modi, Amit Shah and Mohan Bhagwat who clearly believe in demonising and belittling Muslims in order to consolidate Hindus....

The Gulf Crisis: Royal Ambitions and Shaky Alliances
Galip Dalay

Certainly, the main protagonists of this move, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, have sought personal aggrandisement and benefit from this crisis. Mohammed bin Salman tried to make up for his youthfulness, erratic behaviour, bad-temper and inexperience by adopting an image of a man who is a committed foe to both Iran and political Islam....

I Dream of Gaza
William James Martin

The Palestinian people are in the way of an expanded Jewish state, as they always have been since the advent of Zionism. He cannot do it rapidly, but he can do it year by year, month by month and day by day. Almost every day, Palestinians are killed by the Israeli army, and more Palestinian land and resources are confiscated by the state of Israel as the settlements expand into the West Bank....


Where is the Palestinian ‘Exodus’?
Ray Hanania

What we should do is what Israel has been doing since 1948. It knows how to tell its story to mass audiences effectively, even though the story is built on lies, exaggerations and the demonization of Palestinians and anyone who criticizes Israel....

Vegetarian Iftar at Jamia: Decoding the Politics of Muslim Rashtriya Manch
Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

The expectations of the MRM is laden with assumptions which in themselves might be completely untrue. In telling the Indian Muslims to become nationalist, they are assuming that Indian Muslims are not nationalist which is blatantly untrue. Any scholar of Indian Islam will tell us that it was Deoband which fought valiantly during the freedom struggle. It is however true, that there are deeper differences over the meaning of nationalism itself. But those differences are not just between Hindu and Muslim groups but also between Hindus themselves. If the suggestion of the MRM is that Indian Muslims do not love their country then it is blatantly false. Similarly the assertion that Indian Muslim share the same ancestors as that of the Hindu community might be true to a large extent. But to suggest that therefore Indian Muslims should willingly subjugate aspects of their religious and cultural identity to the cultural demands of the Hindus is going too far.....

Sheikh Sirhindi and Impact of His Ideas on Muslim Politics
Asghar Ali Engineer

It was in such atmosphere created by the Ulema against Akbar that Sheikh Sirhindi launched his campaign against Akbar, on one hand, and, Sufis like Abul Fazl and Faizi, on the other. The Sheikh’ and his followers wanted to revive strict application of orthodoxy and this is what they mean when they refer to Kitab wa Sunnah. They forget that there have been different interpretations of Holy Book and also there is no unanimity about Hadith. What Sirhindi was opposed to was liberal approach to religion and hence he firmly opposed the doctrine of Wahdat al-Wujud (unity of being) which opens the doors to all religions and makes them acceptable and respectable. He came out with his own doctrine of Wahdat as-Shuhud i.e. unity of witnessing or appearance. Wahdat as-Shuhud strengthened orthodoxy....

How the 1967 War Came Home to Me
Hanan Ashrawi

The Gaza Strip has been turned into a huge prison camp, where 1.8 million Palestinians are subjugated in dire living conditions. Although Israel withdrew its occupying forces in 2005, it maintained a suffocating blockade by air, sea and land. Gazans have endured a series of Israeli military assaults that have left thousands dead, a majority of them civilians.....

As part of the rant, Shah alleges that Muslims have not condemned groups like ISIS. But again, this claim is found wanting. Prominent Muslim scholars from around the world have condemned ISIS while tens of thousands of Indian Muslims rallied across the country against the armed group that originated in the Middle East....

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‘I Cannot Recall a Time When Muslims Were Suspected En Masse of Being Unpatriotic’


Our media, our plays, cinema, literature, serials have little to do with the Muslims. Muslims are zero if weighed on a scale. After Modi’s ascension on Delhi throne, it is believed that Muslims in general are facing a huge inferiority complex.  Perhaps, BJP wants this to happen to the Muslims. But we don’t see even a faint glimpse of this sentiment in our media and other artistic forms of expression. The chaos and havoc of UP after Yogi must be disturbing the Muslim youth. But nowhere do we get to witness this sentiment of worry and grief in our daily lives....

‘I Cannot Recall a Time When Muslims Were Suspected En Masse of Being Unpatriotic’
Naseeruddin Shah

But it is time for Muslims to throw the caretakers of religion out and form their own beliefs based on an understanding of what their holy book actually says. Nowhere else perhaps is the Quran recited so much and understood so little as in India. Muslims and Hindus both today need to start speaking for themselves and not buy into the harangues of narrow minded bigots and self-appointed spokesmen who condemn Yoga as anti-Islamic and those who consider equating Surya Namaskar with Namaz as insulting to Hinduism….

The Islamist surge has exposed growing radicalization in Indonesia's population, especially among the young, and especially in the universities, with the exception of the State Islamic Universities, which are usually bastions of moderation. This radicalization is often led by a well-funded Saudi network of schools, scholarships, imams, and mosques determined to wrest Indonesians away from local interpretations of Islam, which have usually encouraged democracy and peaceful relations between religions....


Most problematic is Qatar—notorious for funding Islamists from Libya to Egypt to Syria, from Gaza to Afghanistan (including Hamas and the Taliban), though it also hosts America's Central Command. Yet the quest for Arab unity, a mirage since the heady days of Nasser, who brought about the greatest Arab defeat in history in 1967 after waging a futile war in Yemen, continues....


Syria Has Effectively Ceased to Exist
Jonathan Spyer

That is, Syria will be divided between the regime enclave in the west, the Sunni Arab rebels in the northwest and southwest, a Turkish-ensured rebel enclave in the north, an SDF-controlled region in the northeast, and some arrangement involving both the SDF and Western-backed Arab rebels in the east....


The Good Muslim: So Much More than 'Not A Terrorist'
Nelly Kaakaty

In the news, Muslims are not humanized by stories; we are explained through statistics. We are discussed primarily in the context of terrorism and in conversations about extremism. When a headline deems a Muslim responsible for an atrocity, I am expected to speak out against actions that in no way represent me, or anyone like me. My existence should not be used in juxtaposition to violence. I am not your contrast to terrorism. I am not your example of a “good” Muslim; rather I am in the vast majority. What you see on TV, the narrative you are fed, is the anomaly.....

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