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Iran’s Crackdown on Women


Majid Rafizadeh, an Iranian-American political scientist and scholar, is president of the International American Council and serves on the board of the Harvard International Review at Harvard University. Rafizadeh is also a senior fellow at the Nonviolence International Organization based in Washington, DC and is a member of the Gulf project at Columbia University. He can be reached at ... Read More »

Why Indian Muslim Community’s English Newspapers fail?

I have been watching with keen interest for about 20 years now the various attempts of India’s Muslim community to publish English language newspapers. With repeated dismal performance of well-meaning ventures by capable and well educated Muslim individuals, it is a sad story and it is very difficult for me to understand why it is so. From Radiance, Nation & ... Read More »

Russian Muslim leader warns of war in Central Asia


The head of the Islamic Committee of Russia, Geydar Dzhemal, met with Central Asian opposition leaders and journalists in the Kyrgyzstan capital Bishkek, in which he warned that soon the region will witness a number of important developments, backtrack on progress and even wars. Saying that relations between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan are particularly heading in a bad direction, Dzhemal also ... Read More »

An Open Letter To Moderate Muslims


Al-Qaeda. The Taliban. Boko Haram. The Islamic State. Islamic Jihad. Hamas. Christians being beheaded. Muslims slaughtering Muslims. Schoolgirls being kidnapped. Schoolboys being burned alive. These are the images of Islam that we see on the news day and night, but we are told repeatedly that this does not represent true Islam. Instead, we are told, these atrocities are examples of ... Read More »

How Pakistanis see their country today


The new generation has just perfunctory knowledge of the sacrifices that were made to gain the country. With the exception of students of history and political science and those who would be considered senior citizens, the majority know little of the efforts that went into making Pakistan. The reasons for the creation of Pakistan are crystal clear. As the 19th ... Read More »

Pakistan: Capital braces for Azadi march as Pakistan celebrates independence


Rawalpindi, (Dawn): As Pakistan celebrates Independence Day yesterday, activists and supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehrik remain determined to march toward the capital to protest against alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections. It is uncertain how the day will unfold and the fear of violence persists as parts of the capital have been blocked off by ... Read More »

Huge gathering of Muslims ends in Bangladesh


One of the world’s largest Muslim gatherings has ended outside the Bangladeshi capital with a call for peace and the revival of Islamic tenets. The three-day gathering on the sandy banks of River Turag, just outside Dhaka, ended Sunday. It was not immediately clear how many devotees joined the final afternoon prayer, but organisers had said they expected nearly 4 ... Read More »

Central Asian Children Keep Ramadan Caroling Alive

Ramadan fasting in Tashkent was nearly over on the evening of July 10 when Lola Yunusova heard a loud knock on her front door. Opening it, she was met by three children practicing a tradition found mostly only in Central Asia — Ramadan caroling. Much like Christmas caroling in the West, during Ramadan Central Asian children go door-to-door to sing ... Read More »

More young Kazakhs fast during Ramadan


More than 70% of the population is Muslim. That figure exceeds 98% among ethnic Kazakhs, according to government data based on the 2009 census. “Only 30% of believers attend mosques, and 60% of [those attending] are young people,” Ongarkaji Omirbek, spokesman of the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Kazakhstan (DUMK), told Central Asia Online. “Young people have begun to observe ... Read More »

Muslims in China confront obstacles to Ramadan fasting

Previous Next Ramadan China Muslims Asia-pacific Video: Muslims in China confront obstacles to Ramadan fasting inShare 0 print © Photo: FRANCE 24 Text by FRANCE 24 Latest update : 2014-07-10 Chinese Muslims say they are facing growing discrimination within their country, after officials banned students and civil servants in the western region of Xinjiang from observing fasting rituals during the ... Read More »