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Latife Hanim: When Secrecies Unveil

Latife Hanim: When Secrecies Unveil

Mustafa Kemal Pasha, known as the father of Turkey (Ataturk), (1881-1938) is advertised by the west-aping Muslim intellectuals the world over as their role-model. The demolition of Caliphate and Shareeat, The change of language for azan (from Arabic to Turkish), replacement of Tarboosh (The Turkish felt cap) with the standard European hat, measures for women’s […]

May 5, 2014 VA Kabeer
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A Dirge to English Muslim Magazines

A Dirge to English Muslim Magazines

In the formative years of my life, magazines kept me posted on the developments in the world. They were the only resources to go beyond the obvious to the deeper significations of events. When I read, it seemed to me that magazines observed from the sidelines and presented various shades of opinions. And that was […]

May 5, 2014 KC Saleem
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Muslim Print Journalism in India: A Course Correction

Muslim Print Journalism in India: A Course Correction

Newspapers and magazines everywhere have played a major role in informing the readers and influencing public opinion since the press began in India in the nineteenth century. Like in all other aspects of modernization, Muslims lagged behind almost every group in journalism. This article reviews English language Muslim press in India since independence and suggests […]

May 5, 2014 Omar Khalidi
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A Platform to Go Critical

A Platform to Go Critical

How and why was the Critical Muslim Launched? An explanation Muslims have an aversion to criticism. Many believe that ‘their Islam’, whatever variety it happens to be, is perfect and above criticism. They believe that all questions of importance have already been answered by the great jurists of history. Muslims just have to believe and […]

May 5, 2014 Ziauddin Sardar
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The Text in Rhythm with Nature

The Text in Rhythm with Nature

A look at the narrative style of the Quran with the focus on the symbols, metaphors and allegories the Holy Book calls to play) If chapter names are any indicator of the overall message a book drives home, the Holy Quran might appear to be a work dealing with a disparate list of topics that […]

May 5, 2014 Nafih Wafy
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Konya, Where The Past Transcends the Present

Konya, Where The Past Transcends the Present

Last year in June, during my visit to Turkey I visited the Mevlānā Museum in Konya and it was indeed an experience that I continue to cherish in my heart. Mevlana Museum is the popular name of the Green Tomb (Yeşil Türbe), a splendid shrine where Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (d. 1273), popularly known in […]

May 5, 2014 AbuBakr Karolia
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A Vision That Does not Rust Away

A Vision That Does not Rust Away

A hot topic for discussion in the Doha Debate, brilliantly anchored by Tim Sebastian, was: ‘Dubai is a Bad Idea’. The debate has been aired by YouTube and is accessible at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kORAjIrT3b4. As soon as Nasser Ibn Ghaith, famed Emirati economist, countered the title motion, Tim quipped: ‘Is there a structure of good governance in […]

February 12, 2014 Mujeeb Rahman
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In An Antique Land: The Ironies of History

In An Antique Land: The Ironies of History

After reading In an Antique Land, a cynic might say that Amitav Ghosh has contrived a novel. The novel, of course, attempts to create a landscape which shelters many mindscapes and social spaces using the building blocks of memory, history and an anthropologist’s dairy notes. Though a novelist needs to have raw materials to work […]

January 29, 2014 KS Shameer
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Nelson Mandela: The Captain Of His Soul

Nelson Mandela: The Captain Of His Soul

This is a belated remembrance of Nelson Mandela-the first, objective obit in Interactive. This attempts to see Mandela’s illustrious life without any reference to streams of thought and ideologies that influenced him-like multiculturalism, Islam and Gandhism (articles on each of these were already carried). This is part of our project to initiate continuous discourses on […]

January 19, 2014 A.K ABDUL MAJEED
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Is Israel all set to remove ‘the African Cancer?’

Is Israel all set to remove ‘the African Cancer?’

  At a rally last year, lawmaker Miri Regev called the migrants “a cancer in the body” of the nation. She apologized later. But in a poll by the Israel Democracy Institute found that 52 percent Israelis agreed with her. African migrants in Israel have recently staged demonstration in front of the Parliament draw attention […]

January 13, 2014 Shauqeen Mizaj
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