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For frogs in the well, the world is a big hole

November 25, 2011 by

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  A well is a perfect place for frogs, especially when they are born there and have no idea about a bigger world out of the dark hole. It is a comfort zone to live a short life, reproduce and die. What a peaceful life and painless death they live! I wish I was a […]

Islamic fundamentalism, post-modernism and science

November 23, 2011 by

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by Awais Masood Published Daily Times – November 23, 2011 The recent killing of Yemeni-American Imam, Anwar al-Awlaki, in a drone attack has brought to front the significance of Islamist propaganda in cyberspace and its effects on terror recruitment. Hundreds of sermons by Awlaki were available on the internet. He operated a Facebook page, ran […]

Remembering Dr Abdus Salam

October 21, 2010 by

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Last week, it was 31 years since Dr Salam was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics. Three weeks from now would be his death anniversary. It was, and still is because of state religion, political role of religion and intolerance and bigotry in society that Dr Salam remains uncelebrated as a hero in Pakistan. His […]

Secular Knowledge Versus Islamic Knowledge and Uncritical Intellectuality : The Work of Ziauddin Sardar

October 4, 2010 by

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Saeed Ur-Rehman Published in Cultural Dynamics 2002 14: 65 DOI: 10.1177/09213740020140010501 ABSTRACT This article examines the politics of Islamic postcolonial Occidentalism as a response to the secularizing influence of western modernity. By taking the  work of Ziauddin Sardar, a Pakistani-British intellectual, as an example of Occidentalist Islamic thought, I have attempted to problematize the binaristic […]

How Reluctance to Debate Religion Has Resulted in a Total Quagmire

June 11, 2010 by

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by Raza Habib Raja First published at the Pak Tea House I have often been much more amazed not at the religious fanaticism of the few, but at passivity of the moderate majority. And although skeptics will cast their doubt but the fact is that Pakistan on the whole has a moderate population, particularly when […]

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’s Arrested Development

November 28, 2009 by

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By Pervez Hoodbhoy Guardian – 25 November 2009 The question: Can Islam be reconciled with science? Material resources are immaterial to the current sorry state of science in Islam. To do science, it is first necessary to accept the key premises underlying science – causality and the absence of divine intervention in physical processes, and […]