A matter of interpretation

Source:  The Express Tribune Author: Khaled Ahmed A bright young scholar with a PhD from Heidelberg and currently involved in postdoctoral work at the University of London, Ali Usman Qasmi, has given us a brilliant book: Questioning the Authority of the Past: The Ahl al-Quran Movement in the Punjab (OUP […]

Pakistan frets over femme fatales

source.asiatimes on line ISLAMABAD – The tactic of the Pakistan Taliban to use veil-clad female suicide bombers to effectively strike their targets without being intercepted has set alarm bells ringing for the security agencies which are already finding it hard to nip al-Qaeda and Taliban-sponsored terrorism in the bud. A […]

Pakistan frets over femme fatales

Source. Asia times on line ISLAMABAD – The tactic of the Pakistan Taliban to use veil-clad female suicide bombers to effectively strike their targets without being intercepted has set alarm bells ringing for the security agencies which are already finding it hard to nip al-Qaeda and Taliban-sponsored terrorism in the […]

Feminisation of faith

source: dawn.com THE lady cooking a new version of chicken curry is wearing a mint green hijab. In the midst of adding spices and emptying out bowls of beaten yoghurt and thinly chopped ginger, she pauses to narrate a hadith. Within the hour, viewers have been provided with an endearing […]

Suicide bombing is reprehensible but what about ‘fast unto death,’ as a protest?

Source / Courtesy BBC online Indian PM: Anti-corruption protest ‘misconceived’ Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has told parliament that the hunger strike by the anti-corruption activist, Anna Hazare, is “totally misconceived”. He said the 74-year-old was trying to circumvent democracy by demanding the overhaul of an anti-corruption bill. Mr Hazare spent the night […]

An Interview with Deden’s Lawyer

Radio Australia: Nurkholis Hidayat is the Director of the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute and is Mr Sudjana’s lawyer. Speaker: Nurkholis Hidayat,Director of the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute; Andreas Harsono, consultant, Human Rights Watch Indonesia Presenter: Alma Mistry MISTRY: Deden Sudjana’s hand was almost severed by a machete as he attempted to stop an angry mob who […]

Indonesian president defends Pluralism and Tolerance on Country’s 66th Independence Day

Indonesia celebrates its 66th anniversary of independence from Dutch rule on Wednesday. In a national address, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono defended the mainly Muslim country’s reputation for pluralism and tolerance, while accepting it was facing “threats” to religious and social harmony. The comments came as his administration faces growing criticism […]