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Zia H Shah

He is a physician practicing in Upstate New York. He is the Chief Editor of the Muslim Times, which has more than 43,000 followers in Twitter. He is also Chair of Religion and Science for the Muslim Sunrise, the oldest Muslim publication in North America. He has authored more than 400 articles on Islam, Christianity, Secularism and Religion & Science. Follow in Twitter: @The_MuslimTimes

Pakistan confirms joint intel operations with US

  ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry says that Pakistani-US teams will carry out joint operations and share intelligence in the campaign against militants. The announcement suggests the United States and Pakistan are having some success in trying to repair ties following the unilateral American raid that killed Osama bin Laden.Readmore

Al-Malki: PA will Try to Bypass UN Security Council by Special Session of the General Assembly

Ramallah – PNN – Palestinian foreign affairs minister, Riyad al-Malki, announced on Wednesday that Palestinian leaders will take all needed political steps to insure recognition of the Palestinian State by the United Nations. Al-Malki explained during a press statement today that Palestinians will seek state recognition at the UN general […]

Religion, out of place?

Brazil is seen as a country of diverse and profound faith. But though religion is an important reference point in the lives of the population, the extent of religious diversity in this sprawling country is not nearly so pervasive as belief itself. Though globally, the image of Brazil is connected to […]

Pakistani lessons in relativism

Since the dramatic killing of Osama bin Laden, Pakistan is increasingly in the news. According to the bulletins, it is the land which may yet fall into the hands of absolutists, terrorist fundamentalists. I understand what the reporters mean, of course. However, I also smile at the irony. My visit […]

The Arab Spring and Europe’s turn

Until now, and with few exceptions, the West has nurtured two distinct communities of foreign-policy specialists: the development community and the democratic community. More often than not, they have had little or no connection with one another: development specialists dealt comfortably with dictatorships and democracies alike, believing that prosperity can […]

Making Haj, Umrah more comfortable

By ARAB NEWS JEDDAH: The introduction of advanced technology to make Haj and Umrah more comfortable for pilgrims will be the main topic at a forum looking at the annual pilgrimages. The forum of Haj studies will be organized by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Institute of Haj […]

Circassians (in Jordan)

The Circassians, an indigenous people of the northwest Caucasus region, are a non-Arab, Islamic people originally from the Caucasus region of western Asia. Southward Russian expansion during the 19th century forced between 1.5 and two million Circassians to emigrate south to the Ottoman Empire following the 19th century Russian-Circassian war, […]

Saudi Arabia grants Jordan JD283 million

By Omar Obeidat AMMAN –– Jordan received a JD283 million ($400 million) grant from Saudi Arabia, Finance Minister Mohammad Abu Hammour announced Thursday. The grant, which falls under the projected grants in 2011 state budget, will contribute to implementing several capital projects included in the budget and will also help […]

Islam and feminism

OFTEN people object to the term ‘feminism’ as being a western one. One maulana when invited to speak in a workshop of this title refused to come as he considered feminism un-Islamic. Is the use of this term objectionable from an Islamic viewpoint? Not at all. In fact, Islam is […]

Islamic law: the Development of a Sphere of Law independent from the State

In the years after the passing away of Muhammad, the next stage of legal development began with the rise of “proto-qadis” (judges) who, though appointed by political authorities, quickly achieved a measure of independence from the “state.” These proto-qadis, according to Hallaq, began as arbitrators, administrators, even storytellers, but they quickly began […]