Browsing All posts tagged under »Fundamentalism«

Rewriting the History of Pakistan

November 8, 2009 by

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by Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy and Abdul Hameed Nayyar [Source: Islam, Politics and the State: The Pakistan Experience, Asghar Khan (ed.) Zed Books, London, 1985, pp. 164-177.] From indoctrination’s foul rope Suspend all reason, all hope Until with swollen tongue Morality herself is hung. Introduction Education in Pakistan, from schools to universities, is being fundamentally redefined. […]

The Myth of History

November 8, 2009 by

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by Prof. Shahida Kazi DAWN- March 27, 2005 History is a discipline that has never been taken seriously by anyone in Pakistan. As a result, the subject has been distorted in such a way that many a fabricated tale has become part of our collective consciousness Does mythology have anything to do with history? Is […]

‘Bring back Jinnah’s Pakistan’

November 1, 2009 by

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By Ardeshir Cowasjee DAWN- 01 Nov, 2009 Of late, amidst the murder and mayhem accompanied by an absence of government or any signs of governance, a group of citizens has been circulating an email message exhorting whoever to ‘bring back Jinnah’s Pakistan’. Now, to bring back something that existed for a mere moment in the […]

In a Land Without Music

October 27, 2009 by

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by Eqbal Ahmad from The Selected Writings of Eqbal Ahmad (Editor’s Note: This first hand narrative of Afghanistan during Taliban regime should be read by those who believe in absurd notions of ‘Good Taliban’ and ‘Bad Taliban’) I have seen the future as envisioned by contemporary Islamists. It horrifies and does not work – anywhere. […]

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 […]

The Roots of Violence

September 26, 2009 by

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by Eqbal Ahmad Making Enemies, Creating Conflict: Pakistan’s Crises of State and Society. Edited by Zia Mian and Iftikhar Ahmad (Mashal Books, Lahore, 1997).,  1997 Contents Proliferation of violence has become the most serious soc ial problem in Pakistan today. Not a week, often not a day, goes by without so me terrible act of violence […]

Rebuttal to Zakir Naik – I

August 16, 2009 by

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by Awais Masood I always believed that there are limits to credulity and ignorance but I was proven wrong when I watched Zakir Naik presenting ‘arguments’ against evolution. [1] It was difficult for me to digest that a large number of people present in the live audience and watching on screens could buy into such […]

Creationism and Science

August 16, 2009 by

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Editor’s Note: As the world moves forward, our society still faces the twin curses of ignorance and superstition. Science serves as a tool for expanding our knowledge of the natural world and it is the best tool we have. Only a scientific outlook based upon the the urge to learn and reason can take us […]

When Science Teaching Becomes A Subversive Activity

August 6, 2009 by

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To the Islamic orthodoxy science is still dangerous by Pervez Hoodbhoy I cannot quite decide which is the more dangerous of the two: George Bush and his obsession with ensuring U.S. global military dominance or the exploding power of brutal fundamentalist religious forces in countries such as mine. Believing only in their own version of divinely […]

A Swati Political Activist Discusses His Homeland

August 2, 2009 by

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Source : Courtesy Diep and Raheem A talk on the current situation in Malakand and Swat was organized by the Amn Tehreek on 23rd July, 2009 at Nehrghar. The speaker Izhar (pseudonym) is a political and social worker from Madyan, Swat. An initiative of Institute For Peace & Secular Studies After appreciating the efforts of […]

Law Against Justice

July 12, 2009 by

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by Eqbal Ahmad Dawn, 4 October 1992 For decades l have regarded him as model Pakistani, a man who broke all the bars – of power, money, and ignorance – to manhood. So when I heard he was in Lahore, I went to see him. The old man lay in bed, his large, bony frame […]

Maududi’s Children

June 16, 2009 by

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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, […]

The Betrayed Promise

June 7, 2009 by

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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 […]

Roots of Fundamentalism

May 30, 2009 by

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by Karen Armstrong Excerpt from The Battle for God (published 2000) by Karen Armstrong. There have always been people, in every age and in each tradition, who have fought the modernity of their day. But the fundamentalism that we shall be considering is an essentially twentieth-century movement. It is a reaction against the scientific and […]

Crackpots, ahoy!

May 17, 2009 by

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by Nadeem F. Paracha Nadeem F. Paracha explains what happens when the urban middle-class chooses to live in blissful ignorance. It was quite a sight watching Ali Azmat sitting with Zaid Hamid on TV, both passionately discussing ‘Hindu & Western Zionist aims to destabilize Pakistan.’ For those who might not know who Zaid Hamid is, […]

Slap him or slap yourself

May 17, 2009 by

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by Nadeem F. PARACHA DAWN – Sunday, 17 May, 2009 More and more does one now hear about incidents and tales where young urban women are being asked by total strangers to ‘dress properly’ or more so, wear a dupatta over their heads or observe hijab. The Taliban asking CD and barber shop owners to […]

Pakistani Women in a Changing Society

May 3, 2009 by

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by Hamza Alavi (Editor’s Note: It is quite an old article. Some facts and figures are certainly out of date. Our optimism tells us that situation has changed and there has been significant emancipation(atleast at some socio-economic levels) but on the other hand we should not fall into the trap of ignorance by considering that […]

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 […]

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, […]