Browsing All Posts published on »March, 2009«

Islamic World and Crisis of Modernism

March 30, 2009 by

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by Asghar Ali Engineer (Islam and Modern Age Jan. 2002) Editor’s Note: This article brings up many important issues within and faced by the Muslim world today. We at Secular Pakistan may not need to agree with all the points that the author has illustrated. The rising tide of what is called by the print […]

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 […]

Pakistan: Miracles, Wars, and Politics

March 16, 2009 by

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by Pervez Hoodbhoy On the morning of the first Gulf War (1991), having just heard the news of the US attack on Baghdad, I walked into my office in the physicsdepartment in a state of numbness and depression. Mass death and devastation would surely follow. I was dismayed, but not surprised, to discover my PhD […]

The Rise of Religious Fundamentalism in Pakistan – Hamza Alavi

March 10, 2009 by

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Source Religious fundamentalism has become a powerful and dangerous force in Pakistan, due mainly to the opportunism of successive political leadership that has pandered to it. Militant sectarian religious groups and parties, led by half-educated and bigoted mullahs, many of them armed to the teeth, are holding our civil society and the state to ransom. […]

An Islamic Predicament – Eqbal Ahmad

March 10, 2009 by

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Published-1998 Any historian of Islam would shudder at what passes in Pakistan for instruction in Islamic history. Some Years ago, I queried an M.A class in this subject at a major Pakistani university. None of the 25 odd students there had an inkling of the issues which defined the first major schism in Islamic history […]