Islamophobia: A fungible prop for Muslim religious soft power

Think the Muslim world is united in opposing Islamophobia? Think twice. Rising anti-Muslim sentiment in countries like China, Myanmar, and India as well as the West against the backdrop of increased support for anti-migration and extreme nationalist groups, and far-right populist parties is proving to be a boost for contenders for religious soft power in… Continue reading Islamophobia: A fungible prop for Muslim religious soft power

Is publication of blasphemous cartoons a naked attempt to provoke Muslims?

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Thursday strongly denounced the publication of blasphemous caricatures by French magazine Charlie Hebdo earlier this week. In a statement, he said the publication had hurt the sentiments of billions of Muslims. “Pakistan has conveyed its concerns to the French government in this regard,” the minister said. But there is… Continue reading Is publication of blasphemous cartoons a naked attempt to provoke Muslims?