Browsing All posts tagged under »Indoctrination«

Faisal Shahzad’s anti-Americanism

May 10, 2010 by

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by Pervez Hoodbhoy DAWN – May 8, 2010 The man who tried to set off a car bomb in Times Square was a Pakistani. Why is this unsurprising? Because when you hold a burning match to a gasoline tank, the laws of chemistry demand combustion. As anti-US lava spews from the fiery volcanoes of Pakistan’s […]

Cold War, Holy Warrior

April 27, 2010 by

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By Robert Dreyfuss Published: Mother Jones – January /February 2006 Issue Ike was president. Washington was desperate for Arab allies. Enter an Islamist ideologue with an invitation to the White House and a plan for global jihad. In the fall of 1953, the Oval Office was the stage for a peculiar encounter between President Dwight […]

State and Religion in the Perspective of Muslim History

December 26, 2009 by

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By Hassan Jafar Zaidi (hjzaidi@hotmail.com) (The author delivered his lecture on the same subject in Conway Hall, London on January 7, 2007) Courtesy Danishkada.com God did not create state. Man evolved and created state in the shapes and forms suited to him according to growth of means of production and the level of organization required […]

Revisiting the Pakistani Grand Narrative

December 6, 2009 by

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By Zia Ahmad Courtesy Pak Tea House “Simplifying to the extreme, I define postmodern as incredulity towards metanarratives.” (Jean-François Lyotard) Most of the cultures around the world have an innate tendency to view themselves at the center of the universe. As with individuals this may be owing to the inability for some to live outside […]

Profile of the Religious Right

November 29, 2009 by

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By Eqbal Ahmad Dawn- 7 March, 2009 In two earlier essays l had argued one, that all religio-political movements are products of the shift from the agrarian/pastoral to the capitalist/industrial mode of production and the many forms of dislocations that it entails and two, that the religious tradition they invoke is more imagined than real, […]

Censorship in Pakistani Urdu Textbooks

November 9, 2009 by

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By Ajmal Kamal Suppression of dissent and criticism has always been an active force in Pakistani society. Journalists and creative writers have had to struggle hard to find their way around or across many laws threatening to punish  any deviation from the official line on most vital issues. The authorities’ initiative to impose censorship through […]

Tablighi Jamaat Coming of Age?

November 8, 2009 by

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By Waqar Gillani, The News Cross Posted from Pak Tea House Ex-servicemen belonging to Tablighi Jamaat meet in Raiwind ahead of its annual Ijtimah to discuss the party’s future agenda Ahead of the Tablighi Jamaat’s annual congregation in Raiwind near Lahore — one of the largest congregations of Islamic world attended by at least one […]

Rewriting the History of Pakistan

November 8, 2009 by

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by Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy and Abdul Hameed Nayyar [Source: Islam, Politics and the State: The Pakistan Experience, Asghar Khan (ed.) Zed Books, London, 1985, pp. 164-177.] From indoctrination’s foul rope Suspend all reason, all hope Until with swollen tongue Morality herself is hung. Introduction Education in Pakistan, from schools to universities, is being fundamentally redefined. […]

The Myth of History

November 8, 2009 by

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by Prof. Shahida Kazi DAWN- March 27, 2005 History is a discipline that has never been taken seriously by anyone in Pakistan. As a result, the subject has been distorted in such a way that many a fabricated tale has become part of our collective consciousness Does mythology have anything to do with history? Is […]

The Roots of Violence

September 26, 2009 by

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by Eqbal Ahmad Making Enemies, Creating Conflict: Pakistan’s Crises of State and Society. Edited by Zia Mian and Iftikhar Ahmad (Mashal Books, Lahore, 1997).,  1997 Contents Proliferation of violence has become the most serious soc ial problem in Pakistan today. Not a week, often not a day, goes by without so me terrible act of violence […]

Creationism and Science

August 16, 2009 by

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Editor’s Note: As the world moves forward, our society still faces the twin curses of ignorance and superstition. Science serves as a tool for expanding our knowledge of the natural world and it is the best tool we have. Only a scientific outlook based upon the the urge to learn and reason can take us […]

When Science Teaching Becomes A Subversive Activity

August 6, 2009 by

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To the Islamic orthodoxy science is still dangerous by Pervez Hoodbhoy I cannot quite decide which is the more dangerous of the two: George Bush and his obsession with ensuring U.S. global military dominance or the exploding power of brutal fundamentalist religious forces in countries such as mine. Believing only in their own version of divinely […]

A Swati Political Activist Discusses His Homeland

August 2, 2009 by

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Source : Courtesy Diep and Raheem A talk on the current situation in Malakand and Swat was organized by the Amn Tehreek on 23rd July, 2009 at Nehrghar. The speaker Izhar (pseudonym) is a political and social worker from Madyan, Swat. An initiative of Institute For Peace & Secular Studies After appreciating the efforts of […]

Maududi’s Children

June 16, 2009 by

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How the intellectuality of Political Islam turned into the brutality of faithful fascism by Nadeem F. Paracha Source: DAWN Blogs In Pakistan even the traditional Muslim practice of reasoning in matters of religion – originally introduced by the 9th century Mutazilites – is at times treated like some kind of an abomination to be feared, […]

Crackpots, ahoy!

May 17, 2009 by

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by Nadeem F. Paracha Nadeem F. Paracha explains what happens when the urban middle-class chooses to live in blissful ignorance. It was quite a sight watching Ali Azmat sitting with Zaid Hamid on TV, both passionately discussing ‘Hindu & Western Zionist aims to destabilize Pakistan.’ For those who might not know who Zaid Hamid is, […]

Slap him or slap yourself

May 17, 2009 by

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by Nadeem F. PARACHA DAWN – Sunday, 17 May, 2009 More and more does one now hear about incidents and tales where young urban women are being asked by total strangers to ‘dress properly’ or more so, wear a dupatta over their heads or observe hijab. The Taliban asking CD and barber shop owners to […]

Curriculum of Hate

March 23, 2009 by

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Sunday, June 08, 2008 Dr Farrukh Saleem Afghanistan, Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Guinea, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sudan, Somalia, Tunisia, Turkey, Yemen, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Syria, UAE, Sierra Leone, Bangladesh, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Uganda, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Comoros, Iraq, Maldives, Djibouti, Benin, Brunei, Nigeria, Azerbaijan, Albania, Kyrgyzstan, […]

History as We Know It

March 23, 2009 by

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by Dr Manzur Ejaz An overhaul of the entire curriculum is a prerequisite for any positive change in the Pakistani psyche. Unfortunately, it is reluctantly being done under US pressure, which is leading to misperceptions of its own “Was Aurangzeb a brutal emperor?” a fairly educated journalist asked me, after watching the play The Trial […]

Indoctrinating Young Minds

March 23, 2009 by

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The curricula being taught at both private and government schools are riddled with striking biases and omissions By Ali Shan Azhar (The News on Sunday, October 14, 2007) The significance of meaningful school education cannot be overemphasised. Today, all nations — rich and poor alike — pay homage to the right of and access to […]

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