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Rafiq A. Tschannen

Rafiq A. Tschannen is a Swiss national. He converted to Islam and joined the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community at the age of 16 after reading the German translation of the Holy Qur'an. He worked in 15 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, first as Finance Director in the private industry and later as Chief Executive Officer of NGOs and International Governmental Organizations. He is now devoting his time to The Muslim Times as Editor for Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Palestine and Switzerland and as Associate Chief Editor.

FPI Makassar Damaged Ahmadiyya Headquarters

Source/Credit: By Ahmadiyya Times | August 14, 2011 Makassar: Several hundred members of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) in Makassar, South Sulawesi, destroyed the headquarters of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, a local news channel reported. Metro TV released a video report of the attacks that took place on Saturday, […]

Al-Azhar torn between secularists and Islamists

Noha El Hennawy, Almasy Alyoum, Cairo. Despite ongoing feuds over the identity of the state in post-Mubarak Egypt, both secularists and Islamists have recently agreed on one issue: the necessity of liberating Al-Azhar from government control. Yet, each camp has its own motives for supporting an autonomous clergy. Islamists view an autonomous Al-Azhar as key […]

The Second Great Contraction

By Kenneth Rogoff, Straight Times, Singapore CAMBRIDGE – WHY is everyone still referring to the recent financial crisis as the ‘Great Recession’? The term, after all, is predicated on a dangerous misdiagnosis of the problems that confront the United States and other countries, leading to bad forecasts and bad policy. […]

Ramadan Mesaharati

By RIMA AL-MUKHTAR, RIMA.ALMUKHTAR@ARABNEWS.COM Mesaharati is a 30-day job created especially for Ramadan that requires a man with a special drum to go around his neighborhood early in the morning to wake up people to eat suhoor (starting of the fast meal) before Fajr prayer, signifying the start of the […]

Naked speculation

Editorial: ARABNEWS How in the real world can anyone sell something that they do not already own? The decision by France, Italy, Spain and Belgium to impose a ban on the short selling of shares will be approved by many well beyond the confines of those particular four countries. Indeed, […]