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The War Within Islam

Politics in Pakistan Mirroring Pakistan on Afghanistan
Cyril Almeida

No physical presence? No military presence, but economic stuff acceptable? No presence meaning no influence? And no influence with whom: the Pakhtuns or the non-Pakhtuns? And if no influence anywhere, how do we negate India’s ties to the non-Pakhtuns in Afghanistan? The ‘Taliban in government’ stuff is difficult to flesh out, too. ...


Qatar’s leaving the OPEC Is a Reminder of the Regional Tensions Arising from the Assertiveness of Saudi Arabia
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen

It makes strategic sense to focus on a sector in which Qatar holds more than 30 percent of the global market share than on its far smaller and declining oil output. By also reinforcing Qatar’s autonomy from its Persian Gulf neighbours, the move exemplifies the failure of the 2017 blockade to force Qatar to clip its wings and return to a Saudi-led regional fold. With neither Saudi Arabia nor the Emirates willing to back down or concede defeat...


How Do Foul-Mouthed Self-Styled Clerics of Islam Interpret the Term, Riyasat-e-Medina?
Yasser Latif Hamdani

When the Holy Prophet (S.A.W) brought the message of Islam, he galvanized a backward people into a great nation that became over time the strongest and most advanced Empire in the world for centuries. The basic underlying principle of Islam was the eternal movement and evolution. Islam did not remain bound to Medina but went on to establish great Empires elsewhere. So long as early Muslims remained wedded to the idea of Ijtehad, they made great strides in science, law and humanity.

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Naya Pakistan or the Same Old Bigoted Pakistan?

Why Imran Khan’s Invocation of Medina is Deeply Regressive


Seventh-Century State of Madina and Imran Khan's Naya Pakistan
Pervez Hoodbhoy

Built around a tribal accord, Misaq-i-Madina, citizenship required only that an individual submit to the authority of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Perhaps anticipating that his followers would someday spread beyond the oases of Makkah and Madina, he very wisely left unspecified which territories constitute Dar-ul-Islam....

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Naya Pakistan or the Same Old Bigoted Pakistan?

Why Imran Khan’s Invocation of Medina is Deeply Regressive

Behind the Brutal Murder of Jamal Khashoggi Lies a Power Struggle within the Saudi Royal Family
David Ignatius

Khashoggi was murdered by a team sent from the royal court in Riyadh, which was part of the rapid-action capability that had been organized 18 months before. Khashoggi’s provocative journalism and his ties to Qatar and Turkey had offended the increasingly autocratic crown prince, who issued a “bring him back” order in July 2018...


On Tuesday afternoon, a large congregation of top-notch Afghan clerics had assembled at a wedding hall in Kabul to mark the birth anniversary of the Holy Prophet (pbuh). Festive fervour pervaded the air, as clerics, young and old, greeted and embraced each other in a beautiful spirit of camaraderie and compassion that the Holy Prophet (pbuh) preached and propagated all his life....

Arabs Now See Iran, And Not Israel, As Their Archenemy
Aijaz Zaka Syed

There are no permanent enemies and no permanent friends, theorised William Clay, only permanent interests. This principle perhaps best applies to the current geopolitical situation of the Middle East....


Relying On Saudi Arabia To Contain Iran Was Always Questionable
Vali R. Nasr

As for Iran, it doesn’t need to flex its muscles. It just needs to wait for the Trump administration to fully appreciate the balance of power in the Middle East. As Mr. Trump’s mirage of an Arab order evaporates, a stark reality emerges: There is no credible Arab challenge to Iran’s regional influence, nor is there any prospect of reducing it with American threats and bluster....

How Long Will It take to wake up to the fact that Children Are Being Killed In war zones?
Gordon Brown

The sheer brutality of the violence unleashed against children is one of the hallmarks of today’s wars. About 350 million children are living in war zones from South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Syria and Myanmar. Many of these children are on the receiving end of war crimes and other human rights violations. Yet the world is turning its back.

Words cannot do justice to the moral depravity on display. Children are deliberately targeted for killing, abduction, rape and recruitment into armed groups. Others are treated as “collateral damage” in attacks on civilian infrastructure. Schools – and schoolchildren – are regarded as legitimate military targets. They are bombed in their classrooms or, especially if they are girls, assaulted for the crime of attending school. Obstructing humanitarian aid is now a standard military tactic, depriving children of access to food and medical aid.

Eglantyne Jebb, who founded Save the Children almost 100 years ago in the aftermath of world war one, once commented that “all wars are wars against children”. You can’t help wondering how she would view the wars of the 21st century.


Are Leftists, Iranians and the Brotherhood United against Saudi Arabia?
Mamdouh AlMuhaini

The Khashoggi case has become a game of bids and a political ball. But it has clearly exposed strong ideological orientations and deeply repressed feelings, not only of ordinary people, but also of high-profile officials who have hidden their real stances and shrouded them with diplomacy and official courtesy.


Many people around the world wrongly believe that Saudi Arabia “represents” Islam. Nothing could be further from the truth. Islam is not represented by any nation, at least not Saudi Arabia. Like all enemies of Islam, Saudi Arabia has blackened the name of Islam.

Arab Education System  needs reform
Zaid M. Belbagi

According to the World Bank, the quality of education in the Arab world has dropped in comparison to other regions. Immediate reform in this regard is needed to make the same progress that has been made in Asia and Latin America. Yemen and Egypt, which have high levels of illiteracy, are also plagued with political problems.


Collective Effort Is Required To Resolve the Issues of Terrorism, Fundamentalism, Wars, Poverty and Illiteracy That Threaten Security And Stability of the Middle East
Hassan Al Mustafa

These states should work to find some sort of formula for serious dialogue and understanding, not just make meaningless slogans or statements because ongoing crisis would mean that terrorism, fundamentalism, wars, poverty and illiteracy will find suitable environments for growth and wise men and wisdom will have no influence whatsoever and the region will drown in a sea of crises, which will produce more of them......

Tensions between Turkey and Saudi Arabia Remind Of an Older Conflict between Monarchical and Republican Islam
Faisal Devji

The battle between monarchical and republican Islam goes back to the Cold War, when Arab monarchies backed by Western powers saw secular and sometimes socialist Muslim states as their main rivals. In those days both sides deployed the Islamists against one another....

Sunni Vs Sunni Rivalry: Turkey, Pursuing Its Own Islamist Agenda Is Just Too Happy To Have Discredited the Wahhabi Royal
Burak Bekdil

What that should tell Turkish President Erdogan is that his neo-Ottoman aspiration for Turkish leadership in the Islamic world has once again hit the walls of Middle Eastern reality. All the same, it is fun to watch a Muslim country, the world's biggest jailer of journalists, condemning another Muslim country for the murder of a journalist....


Under Mohammed bin Salman, there has been an incremental erosion of Saudi Arabia’s strategic power
Stanly Johny

At a time when Sunni Gulf monarchies are supposed to stand in unity against Iran, Saudi Arabia’s hostility towards Qatar has only created new rifts within West Asia. It has lost the Syrian civil war and its military and monetary investments there have been in vain. Now, the Khashoggi case is a public relations disaster for a country which wants to be the leader of the Sunni world....


Blatant Assassination of Jamal Khashoggi Has Shaken House of Saud to Its Foundations
Vinod Saighal

His misadventures will diminish the heft and standing of Saudi Arabia whichever way one looks at it. The attack on Yemen involving Saudi Arabia’s UAE allies has no end in sight. Beside the international condemnation the cost to the Saudi exchequer has been high. It is more than likely that Washington and London will be forced to stop providing further military aid and intelligence. The Houthis are nowhere near being defeated....


Issues of democracy and Islam are very much relevant in Saudi Arabia
Jamal Khashoggi

In my country, a variant of this argument is: “The Saudis don’t know how to choose. If we have democracy, they will not vote out of their conscience, they will vote based on their tribal loyalties.” A popular argument in the Arab world is that we need a strong leader. You can hear it in Egypt from an Egyptian businessman who supports the ruling regime. You can hear it from a doubtful Jordanian, maybe even a doubtful Tunisian who seeks a return to the old order....

Saudi Arabia Represents the Insular and Static Canon of Wahhabism, Not the True Islam
Khaled A Beydoun

Home to Medina and Mecca, the two holiest sites in Islam, the regime leverages its role as ward to these cities to shroud its legitimacy with religion; and function as the gatekeeper to the 1.8 billion Muslims around the globe called to enter its bounds to complete the mandated pilgrimage to Mecca....


The Arab world is facing its own version of an Iron Curtain: Jamal Khashoggi
Jamal Khashoggi

There are a few oases that continue to embody the spirit of the Arab Spring. Qatar’s government continues to support international news coverage, in contrast to its neighbors’ efforts to uphold the control of information to support the “old Arab order.” Even in Tunisia and Kuwait, where the press is considered at least “partly free,” the media focuses on domestic issues but not issues faced by the greater Arab world....


Bringing peace to Afghanistan: A deal with the Taliban will bring war to rest of the world
Sushant Sareen

Before the way is paved for a Taliban takeover — a power sharing arrangement will be only the first step towards that eventuality — the Americans must take into account the imminent possibility that Afghanistan under Taliban will once again become a magnet for all sorts of Islamists. After all, the Taliban chief is Emir-ul-Momineen (Leader of the faithful) not Emir-ul-Afghan....


Saudi Arabia is at risk of becoming a pariah state
Madawi al-Rasheed

King Salman will never voluntarily push for such a change without serious pressure from inside and outside the country. Given the support he has from the West, especially President Trump, most Western governments might be happy to see another acronym emerge as the new face of the kingdom to absorb the global outrage over Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance and murder….


Stop Visiting Saudi Arabia for Umrah and Haj: Quranic Ideal of Justice Commands Muslims to Take a Stand Even At Great Discomfort to Self-Interest
Parvez Ahmed

For Muslims, Makkah, where the Ka’ba is located, is the epicenter of their faith and Madinah, home of the Prophet’s mosque, their sanctuary for spiritual bliss. These two cities happen to be in Saudi Arabia, which is once again in the news for the most chilling of reasons, presenting Muslims with a difficult decision to make....

The Dark Side of Saudi Arabia: MbS' style of governance has made for odd spectacle
Kareem Fahim

If Khashoggi's disappearance shocked Westerners, they were simply not paying close attention to events in the kingdom, and the lengths to which the crown prince has been willing to go to quash dissent, say seasoned Saudi human rights advocates. In an initial wave of executions after Mohammed's abrupt installation as the immediate heir to his father, King Salman, followed by waves of arrests over the past year, he has been ruthless in asserting power. Saudi authorities have spread fear by detaining billionaires and grass-roots activists alike, showing that no one is untouchable....


For the dozens of women and other activists arrested in Saudi Arabia this past year alone, Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance last week at the Saudi Embassy in Istanbul will not have come as a surprise. For those who have been able to leave the kingdom after speaking out, meanwhile, it has now become overwhelmingly clear that even on the outside they need to be extremely careful. ...

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