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Iran’s Crackdown on Women

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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 rafizadeh@fas.harvard.edu. ... 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 »

The Arab Empire

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map has circulated showing the Islamic State’s five-year plan: a caliphate that stretches from the Iberian peninsula to western China, including all of India, north Africa, the Middle East, Asia Minor, and southeastern Europe. It’s an ambitious agenda. According to an Islamic State spokesman, the map doesn’t show lands to be captured but, rather, lands to be liberated: “We will ... Read More »

South Korea: 4 killed, 3 missing in boat sinking

A fishing boat capsized on Tuesday in waters off the South Korean southern city of Geoje, leaving four dead and three missing, Yonhap news agency reported. The 59-ton fishing boat, with 11 crew members on board, capsized after hitting a rope between a tug boat and a barge at around 4:32 p.m. local time in waters southeast of the Geoje ... Read More »

Russian Muslim leader warns of war in Central Asia

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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

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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 »

PandaBed’s new matching service allows travelers of the same age, race, and religion to bunk up

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On August 12 in Singapore, PandaBed announced its newest feature, PeerMatch. The latest add-on allows homeowners and travelers to get a better understanding of each other before they meet in person for a potentially awkward, contentious, or otherwise undesirable lodging experience. In theory, with PandaBed’s PeerMatch, Muslims can stay with Muslims, Christians can bunk with Christians, bookworms can keep each ... Read More »

Muslim savings and loans co-ops becoming popular

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Worawit Baru, a former senator from Pattani, heads the Southern Thailand Islamic Co-operatives Network (Sticon), an association of faith-based credit unions. During his days in parliament, many businessmen in Bangkok were unaware of the popularity of the Islamic co-operative business model in the Deep South, Worawit said. “I’ve been chairman of Sticon for more than five years. Many co-ops in ... Read More »

Malaysian Police Investigate Teen Boy for Liking Israel

While Malaysia wracks its collective soul over its responsibilities for the downing of two planes belonging to the national carrier, more menial though no less disturbing problems are continuing to surface, highlighting this country’s problems and its inability to deal with sensitive issues. In Penang a teenage student simply hit “like” on an “I love Israel” page on Facebook. Teachers ... Read More »

How Pakistanis see their country today

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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 »