Monday, 13 February 2017 16:00

Religion not the root cause of conflicts

Mainstream media tend to associate extremism and terrorism with Islam, but evidence shows otherwise. The root causes of most present-day conflicts have very little to do with religion even if they may appear to have religious implications. For instance, the Israeli-Arab conflict is about land, dispossession and the right of self-determination, even if some religious fanatics are exploiting the issue for their own ends. The conflict in Kashmir is also about the right of self-determination; it is not a Hindu-Muslim conflict......................Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

Monday, 09 January 2017 11:46

Terrorism - A universal phenomenon

Yet another New Year was born with the spectre of mindless terrorism. The slaughter of innocents amounted to a staggering 180 deaths in 30 recorded terrorist incidents in the first week of the month. These included suicide bombings, assassinations, mass killings by lone gunmen, and ambushes inter alia in Iraq, Turkey, Bahrain, Syria, Afghanistan, Algeria, Burundi, Pakistan, Iraq, Somalia, Egypt, Yemen, Central African Republic, the Philippines, Nigeria and the United States......................Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

The attacks in Brussels, on the heels of those in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., have stoked an already white-hot debate about Islamic terrorism in the United States. Many in the West, including the two Republican presidential front-runners, Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), urge a campaign that targets Muslim communities more directly, searching for those who might be prone to religious extremism and thus terrorism.................Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

 

Friday, 22 May 2015 16:47

Getting Iraq War narrative right

Surprise! It turns out that there's something to be said for haiving the brother of a failed president make his own run for the White House. Thanks to Jeb Bush, we may finally have the frank discussion of the Iraq invasion we should have had decade ago..........Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

Friday, 22 May 2015 16:41

Why is IS eyeing SE Asia?

Why, for that matter, have dozens of young Somali men, comfortably settled among fellow Somalis in one of America's richest states, gone to "ISIS"? Last week a conference was held on this very subject at Manila's Shangri-La hotel. Pity that most of the hundred.................Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

The terrorist attacks in Paris rendered her new book Fields of Blood. Religion and the History of Violence suddenly and tragically very urgent. In over five hundred pages Karen Armstrong, once a nun and the respected author of bestsellers like A History of God and The Case for God, answers the question whether religion is the principal cause of violence. A conversation about Islam and terrorists, Western responsibility and the world in which we live.

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In this two-part series on 'Extremism, Terrorism and Islam: Juristic and historical perspectives', Mohammad Hashim Kamali, founding CEO of IAIS Malaysia, discusses the various forms of religious extremism, and how they triumph wherever moderation is weak................Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

Available in two-parts, Part I and Part II

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Saturday, 07 February 2015 16:51

To offend and to be offended

Weakness: The narrative of grievance is very much pronounced in the Muslim world today. We have seen this before and should expect things to continue - the Charlie Hebdos and the Salman Rushdies. The provocateurs will be around ad nauseam. I am not directly referring to the recent Charlie Hebdo incident.................Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

 

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Thursday, 08 January 2015 11:00

Arab Spring, IS and democracy

The emergence of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria – ISIS - at the tail end of Arab Spring confirmed once again that the import of Western democracy to the Middle Eastern and North Africa (MENA) is not a cure to the deeply-rooted socio-political problems of that region. Numerous Muslim thought leaders and governments have denounced the ISIS brutalities as being anti-Islamic and antithetical to the core principles of the religion. Yet, the self-styled leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, claims global authority of the Muslim ummah in the manner of the caliphs of old...................Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

 

 

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Monday, 12 January 2015 10:48

A dastardly act of terror

IT is not surprising that Muslim governments, organisations and individuals right across the globe have condemned the heinous murder of 12 persons –10 journalists and two policemen – at the headquarters of the satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo, in Paris in the late morning of Jan 7. This dastardly act of terror, allegedly carried out by three Muslims, violates every norm in the Islamic faith. If it is true that the killers were trying to avenge the sanctified memory of the Prophet Muhammad, who has been the subject of continuous ridicule and contempt in the weekly, murdering its cartoonists and editors is clearly an abomination..................Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

 

 

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