Browsing All posts tagged under »Modernity«

Why Muslims reject modernity- by Khaled Ahmed

August 15, 2010 by

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It is often said that Muslims in the 21st century have rejected modernity. What they are in fact rejecting is the process of suiting themselves to changing circumstances. There are two kinds of thinking: one that seeks to change in order to relate to times and one that seeks to change the world to suit […]

Contestations of Ijtihad: The Need For Debate

June 28, 2010 by

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by A.A Khalid In liberal circles of religious scholarship there is a contention that ‘’ijtihad’’ is the epistemic tool which will solve all our grapples and puzzles of establishing a suitable religiosity for our time. Ijtihad is elevated from its formal place as a mere tool of legal reasoning restricted in the classical tradition to […]

Role of Youth in the Current Situation

December 27, 2009 by

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From Institute of Peace and Secular Studies The Institute for Peace and Secular Studies (IPSS) organized a day long youth convention with the theme of Terrorism and Peace under the title “The Role of Youth in the Current Situation” (on December 12, 2009). The convention was attended by over 200 youth including university students from […]

Profile of the Religious Right

November 29, 2009 by

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By Eqbal Ahmad Dawn- 7 March, 2009 In two earlier essays l had argued one, that all religio-political movements are products of the shift from the agrarian/pastoral to the capitalist/industrial mode of production and the many forms of dislocations that it entails and two, that the religious tradition they invoke is more imagined than real, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Are Traditions Sacred?

June 7, 2009 by

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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 […]

Jinnah, in a Class of His Own

June 3, 2009 by

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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 […]

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 […]

Reform and Rent-Seeking

May 24, 2009 by

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The News – Sunday, May 24, 2009 Nadeem Ul Haque The elite — beneficiaries of government largesse, power-brokers, in other words rent-seekers- all do not see any reason for change. They are begging for money to forestall change. With dollar assets held abroad, rupee liabilities at home, and foreign passports conveniently hidden, they have no […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]