Browsing All posts tagged under »Religious Propaganda«

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 […]

Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy: “Islam and Science Have Parted Ways”

February 18, 2010 by

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Middle East Quarterly Winter 2010, pp. 69-74 Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy (b. 1950) is one of South Asia’s leading nuclear physicists and perhaps Pakistan’s preeminent intellectual. Bearer of a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology , he is chairman of the department of physics at Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad where, as a high-energy physicist, he […]

Islam, cricket and Pakistan

February 7, 2010 by

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By Dr Hasan-Askari Rizvi Published Daily Times- Sunday, February 07, 2010 Two mutually unrelated incidents last week show the growing dilemma of a large number of Pakistanis to relate themselves in a meaningful manner to the imperatives of citizenship of a nation-state. They may talk of Pakistan and its sovereignty when it is relevant to […]

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 […]

The Public Role of Writers and Intellectuals

December 8, 2009 by

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By Edward Said The Nation – September 11, 2002 In everyday usage in the languages and cultures with which I am familiar, a “writer” is a person who produces literature–that is, a novelist, poet, dramatist. I think it is generally true that in all cultures writers have a separate, perhaps even more honorific, place than […]

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 […]

The Myth of Ghazwa-tul-Hind

December 3, 2009 by

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By Ale Natiq Cross-Posted from Ale’s blog (Thanks to Pakistani intelligence agencies for their illegal Denial of  Service (DOS) attacks on Ale’s blog) Religion has quite frequently been used as an excuse for military motives. Talking specifically about Islam, hadees has been used as a tool to invent excuses for political motivations and military interventions/attacks […]

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 […]

Rebuttal to Zakir Naik – I

August 16, 2009 by

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by Awais Masood I always believed that there are limits to credulity and ignorance but I was proven wrong when I watched Zakir Naik presenting ‘arguments’ against evolution. [1] It was difficult for me to digest that a large number of people present in the live audience and watching on screens could buy into such […]

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 […]

Law Against Justice

July 12, 2009 by

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by Eqbal Ahmad Dawn, 4 October 1992 For decades l have regarded him as model Pakistani, a man who broke all the bars – of power, money, and ignorance – to manhood. So when I heard he was in Lahore, I went to see him. The old man lay in bed, his large, bony frame […]

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, […]

No-woman’s land

May 17, 2009 by

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By Syed Moazzam Hai DAWN – Sunday, 17 May, 2009 On an oppressive August afternoon, I was chattering away with a farmer while trudging through a rice crop to a humble dera nestled quietly under the calm shadows of a cluster of trees at the far end of the fields. I was in Sheikhupura area […]

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