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Re-Imagining Pakistan

April 26, 2009 by

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by Pervez Hoodbhoy Mr. Jinnah’s Pakistan Isn’t Working. What Can? [Commencement lecture by Pervez Hoodbhoy at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi, 9 December 2006.] It is indeed a pleasure to see the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture emerge as a thriving educational institution. I remember my first visit here […]

Roots of Religious Right

April 20, 2009 by

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Eqbal Ahmad DAWN  – 24 January, 1999 THEY belong to differing, often contrasting religious systems-Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Yet their ideas and behaviour patterns bear remarkable similarities. In India they have burned down churches and destroyed a historic mosque. In Palestine they describe themselves as ‘pioneers’, desecrate mosques and churches, and with state support […]

Islam and Secularism

April 18, 2009 by

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Asghar Ali Engineer (Secular Perspective October-1-15, 2000) Is Islam compatible with secularism? This question is quite important in the present context, particularly in 21st century. Both non-Muslims and orthodox Muslims feel that Islam is not compatible with secularism. Fundamentalist Muslims totally reject secularism as anti-Islamic and haram. Maulana Maududi, founder of Jamat-e-Islami-e-Hind had said, while […]

The Hijackers of Islam

April 12, 2009 by

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by Khalid Hasan The great irony of the predicament in which the world’s Muslims find themselves today is that those who speak in their name are, in the words of the late Eqbal Ahmed, an “armed minority.” The face of Islam that the west sees is not its true face. The fierce hate-laden invective that […]

Rupturing Heaven

April 12, 2009 by

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by Nadeem Farooq Paracha DAWN – April 12, 2009 Today societies in Islamic countries plagued by terrorism are almost completely incapable of raising a united front against the extremists ln 1979, an alarming incident occurred in the Islamic world, which most history books across the Muslim realm have almost completely expunged from its pages. However, […]

Islamic Failure

April 8, 2009 by

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One of Pakistan’s leading scientists gives a frank account of the political and intellectual backwardness of the Islamic world. (February 2002) Pervez Hoodbhoy If the world is to be spared what future historians might call the “century of terror,” we will have to chart a course between US imperial arrogance and Islamic religious fanaticism. Through […]

Beware of the Idols

April 1, 2009 by

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by Umayr Hassan (It was a reply to an email at Socialist Pakistan News(SPN) mailing list that described a local event occuring after Manawan Terrorist attack and termed it as an awakening against fundamentalism.) “He narrated an incident where in a public van, the driver asked a man with beard to get off the van. […]