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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 […]

Distorted Histories

December 21, 2009 by

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Eqbal Ahmad Interviewed by David Barsamian Eqbal Ahmad, activist scholar, was born in India probably in 1934. He’s not quite sure. In 1947, he left with his brothers for the newly created state of Pakistan. He came to the United States to study at Princeton in the 1950s, and then went to Algeria. Ahmad worked […]

Islam and Politics

November 29, 2009 by

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By Eqbal Ahmad Islam, Politics, and the State, ed. Mohammad Asghar Khan (London. Zed Press, 1985 ) In writing about Islam and politics, one faces special difficulties. The field of Islamic studies, strewn with ancient potholes and modern mines, is dominated by apparently different but complementary adversaries-the “traditionalist” Ulema and the “modern” Orientalists. Their methods […]

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 […]

The Clash of Ignorance

September 26, 2009 by

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by Edward Said Published in The Nation –  October 22, 2001 Samuel Huntington’s article “The Clash of Civilizations?” appeared in the Summer 1993 issue of Foreign Affairs, where it immediately attracted a surprising amount of attention and reaction. Because the article was intended to supply Americans with an original thesis about “a new phase” in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]