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Maududi’s Children

June 16, 2009 by


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, […]

Scientific Theory

June 8, 2009 by


by Stephen Hawking Excerpt from A Brief History of Time Urdu Translation at Roshni In order to talk about the nature of the universe and to discuss questions such as whether it has a beginning or an end, you have to be clear about what a scientific theory is. I shall take the simpleminded view […]

The Betrayed Promise

June 7, 2009 by


by Eqbal Ahmad DAWN – 18 June, 1995 [Editor’s note: An Urdu translation of this article is available at Roshni] Before I recall Mr. Jinnah and the aspirations which inspired the subcontinent’s Muslims to seek separate statehood, it is relevant to underline the price nations pay when the values and expectations on which a state […]

Are Traditions Sacred?

June 7, 2009 by


by Mubarak Ali DAWN – Sunday, 07 Jun, 2009 Whenever a girl is murdered in the name of karo kari or honour killing, it is justified as being part of tribal and feudal traditions and those who commit the crime are eulogised as heroes. This raises the question that why people regard their obsolete traditions […]

Intellectual’s Role in Society

June 5, 2009 by


by Eqbal Ahmad Dawn, 10 December 1995 Artists and intellectuals are in the business of working with their minds. What distinguishes humans from animals is the manner in which people use the mind. And what distinguishes various levels of civilization, their literary and artistic achievement, economic prosperity, and moral outlook – is the extent and […]

Jinnah, in a Class of His Own

June 3, 2009 by


by Eqbal Ahmad Dawn, 11 June 1995 Mohammad Ali Jinnah is an enigma of modern history. His aristocratic English lifestyle, Victorian manners, and secular outlook rendered him a most unlikely leader of India’s Muslims. Yet, he led them to separate statehood,  creating history and, in Saad R. Khairi’s apt phrase, ‘altering geography’. Several scholars, among […]