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

Iranians move into front line of the Middle East’s quest for religious change

A recent online survey by scholars at two Dutch universities of Iranian attitudes towards religion has revealed a stunning rejection of state-imposed adherence to conservative religious mores as well as the role of religion in public life. Although compatible with a trend across the Middle East, the survey’s results based on 50,000 respondents, who overwhelmingly said they resided… Continue reading Iranians move into front line of the Middle East’s quest for religious change

Increased sectarian violence in Pakistan, why is the Gulf silent?

Silent about rising sectarian violence in Pakistan, Gulf states vying for religious soft power risk exposing the limitations of their concepts of an undefined ‘moderate’ Islam that is tolerant and endorses pluralism. Countries like Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar have so far turned a blind eye to mounting sectarian sentiment in Karachi… Continue reading Increased sectarian violence in Pakistan, why is the Gulf silent?

Op-ed: Is the OIC really doing its job?

On 21 August 1969, an Australian-born Christian Dennis Michael Rohan attempted to set fire to the Ancient Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. The fire destroyed part of the roof and 800-year-old pulpit of Salahuddin Ayubi, a general who liberated Jerusalem from crusaders in the 12th century. After this accident, a former Mufti (chief Muslim Islamic legal… Continue reading Op-ed: Is the OIC really doing its job?

Indonesia potentially set to take on China and claim leadership of ‘moderate’ Islam

President Joko Widodo’s recent cabinet reshuffle suggests that Indonesia may adopt a more critical attitude towards China and reinforce government support for efforts by Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the world’s largest Muslim movement, to reform Islam and position the Southeast Asian state as a key player in a battle with Middle Eastern rivals for the soul of Islam. Mr.… Continue reading Indonesia potentially set to take on China and claim leadership of ‘moderate’ Islam

KP govt to reconstruct Hindu temple vandalized by angry mob

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has announced to reconstruct the Hindu temple damaged by a violent mob in Karak on Wednesday. Chief Minister, Mahmood Khan, announced the provincial government shall ensure the reconstruction of the temple. CM Khan vowed to protect the rights of minorities in the province. The announcement came a day after the authorities… Continue reading KP govt to reconstruct Hindu temple vandalized by angry mob

Sudan joins forces with Egypt to crack down on Muslim Brotherhood

Dec 30, 2020 Egypt is looking for to hitch efforts with Sudan to confront the Muslim Brotherhood and extremist teams and concepts via a number of safety and spiritual steps. In this context, the joint coaching course for imams of Egypt and Sudan kicked off in Cairo on Dec. 20 to confront extremist concepts. Sudanese… Continue reading Sudan joins forces with Egypt to crack down on Muslim Brotherhood

Putin says outrage over ‘anti-Islam’ cartoons & French avenue beheading is proof that ‘multiculturalism has failed’ in West

Russian President Vladimir Putin has weighed in on the controversy round freedom of speech and the rights of non secular believers, saying the conflict of cultures is an existential downside within the West. In response to a query from RT correspondent Igor Zhdanov as a part of his annual end-of-year press convention on Thursday, Putin… Continue reading Putin says outrage over ‘anti-Islam’ cartoons & French avenue beheading is proof that ‘multiculturalism has failed’ in West

Khadim Hussain Rizvis’ of France

France and its revolutionary ideas have given much to the world. From Rousseau and Voltaire to Emile Durkheim to Fernand Braudel – the historian and leader of the Annales School whose work, “History of Civilizations” was a treat for intelligent minds everywhere. French ideas have inspired respect for French intellect. Unfortunately, the narrow-minded reactionary mentality… Continue reading Khadim Hussain Rizvis’ of France

Op-Ed: Demolition of Babri Mosque is an act of Hindu revenge

India is, constitutionally, a secular country. A Constitution is a fundamental law from which other laws emanate. But the Indian government and its courts have a long history of dabbling in religious matters. August 5, 2020, marked the bhoomi pujan of the Ram temple, under government’s tutelage, in Ayodhya. The day marked demise of secularism in… Continue reading Op-Ed: Demolition of Babri Mosque is an act of Hindu revenge