Movies

Does Germany indeed welcome you?

Does Germany indeed welcome you?

To watch Almanya : Willkommen in Deutschland is quite fitting in this time. In translation, it is ‘welcome to Germany.’ We wake up every morning to the gory news reports about Syria and the nightmarish reveries of people dying in droves. Juxtaposed with this is Pope Francis’ benevolent appeal to Christendom to open its gates for refugees […]

September 15, 2015 Shameer. KS
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A Black Friday in Bombay: Film Review

A Black Friday in Bombay: Film Review

A critical appraisal of Anurag Kashyap’s Black Friday (2007) in the aftermath of Yaqoob Memon’s execution for his alleged involvement in the Bombay blasts, which the film purports to narrate. An adaptation of the book by author/journalist S. Hussain Zaidi, Black Friday, released in 2007 took three years to see the light of day. It […]

August 19, 2015 Ali Ahsan
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Is this the end of Iranian cinema?

Is this the end of Iranian cinema?

I have had occasions to reflect on the fate of what we can now call a post-national cinema, a proposition not so outlandish in the heightened age of transnational globalisation. The idea is based on a conception of national cinemas, or any other national cultural movement, as predicated on national traumas. The leading Iranian film-maker […]

February 20, 2015 Hamid Dabashi
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Books

A ‘Bagful’ of Tear-Wiping Humor

A ‘Bagful’ of Tear-Wiping Humor

  WRY HUMOUR. In one word or two, that’s what Anees Salim’s VANITY BAGH is. The tongue-in-cheek humour permeates every sentence and every word of the book. The book is in the form of a narrative or rather monologue by Imran Jabbari, an accused in the 11/11 serial blasts and sentenced for sixteen years in […]

January 4, 2016 Dr.K. Ahmed Anwar
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Sharjah Turns New Pages

Sharjah Turns New Pages

  Conveying somber mood over his non-participation this year, MUHAMMED NOUSHAD remembers the 30th Sharjah International Book Fair and the encounters he had with the people and books during the fair, as the event this year  has ended three days ago. In a November midnight in 2011, Ali Ahsan and I landed in Sharjah Airport, […]

November 17, 2015 Muhammed Noushad
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Mughals: Perspectives and Prejudices

Mughals: Perspectives and Prejudices

Mughal history is often taken up in contemporary India, or larger South Asia, to absolve the present of its responsibility for some bitter, hard-to-digest political realities, by taking recourse to a past either glorious or disgraceful. Post Dadri lynching, it was debated all around how a bedridden Babur advised his son Humayun to respect Hindus […]

November 14, 2015 Shameer KS
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Person in Focus

‘I am fascinated by the question of what God’s problem with poor people is’

‘I am fascinated by the question of what God’s problem with poor people is’

‘Committed’ and ‘multi-pronged.’ The adjectives fit well with Dr Farid Esack, his oeuvre, and academic as well as activist engagements. He published Quran, Liberation and Pluralism in 1997; the work was noted for its academic solemnity as well as earnestness to take the message of the divine text to all it matters. In 1999, his […]

January 18, 2016 Farid Esack / M Noushad
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Food

Fasting: Is it abstention or Starving?

Fasting: Is it abstention or Starving?

I have been witness to a conversation passed off between two train passengers who so shrewdly modulated their voice as to be overheard.  Here is my attempt not to be fictitious in its reproduction. A: your Ramadan fasting is around the corner. And you are going to starve us Hindoos, aren’t you? B: why starve […]

June 4, 2015 Shameer K.S
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Blogging Verses

The Spiritual Wardrobe

The Spiritual Wardrobe

Once a Sufi was asked why he wore blue robe. He replied: “The Prophet left us three things: poverty, knowledge and sword. The sword was taken by kings, who misused it; knowledge was chosen by scholars, who were satisfied with merely teaching it; poverty was chosen by dervishes, who made it a means of enriching […]

June 30, 2014 A.K ABDUL MAJEED
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Fiction Shelf

A ‘Bagful’ of Tear-Wiping Humor

A ‘Bagful’ of Tear-Wiping Humor

  WRY HUMOUR. In one word or two, that’s what Anees Salim’s VANITY BAGH is. The tongue-in-cheek humour permeates every sentence and every word of the book. The book is in the form of a narrative or rather monologue by Imran Jabbari, an accused in the 11/11 serial blasts and sentenced for sixteen years in […]

January 4, 2016 Dr.K. Ahmed Anwar
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Guest Column

Loving Compassion in Islam and Buddhism: Rahma and Karunā

Loving Compassion in Islam and Buddhism: Rahma and Karunā

Compassion, even on the human plane, is not just a sentiment, it is an existential quality. This existential quality presupposes a concrete sense of participation in the suffering of others, as is expressed by the etymology of the word: com-passion means to ‘suffer with’ another. The metaphysics of tawhīd finds its most appropriate ethical expression […]

December 9, 2015 Reza Shah-Kazemi
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Lives suddenly in transit

Lives suddenly in transit

It’s Saturday. The sun is out. It has been out for a day or two now, but today’s sun feels different. It’s brighter, warmer. It feels like a promise. Some of the streets are dry — they’re dull and grey, the way we like it, and not black and shiny, the way they’ve been for […]

December 7, 2015 Baradwaj Rangan
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Anthropology of Compassion

Anthropology of Compassion

Ibn Arabi, as most of us know, has commonly been called  Shaikhul Akbar, the greatest teacher. The main reason for this is that he explained in unprecedented detail and at the highest level of discourse all implications of the Islamic world view. The result was the vast synthesis of learning covering all basic fields of […]

December 1, 2015 William Chittick
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