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South East Asia – Muslim role model?

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My journey has taken me through Malaysia, southern Thailand and Indonesia, with short stops in Bangkok, Manila and Singapore. It is a region of great energy, colour and diversity. Some Muslims look to it as a possible role model – living proof that Islam and modernity are compatible. So, can South East Asia fulfil its potential? It seems to me ... Read More »

Islam in Southeast Asia

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Asia is home of 65 percent of the world’s Muslims, and Indonesia, in Southeast, is the world’s most populous Muslim country. This essay looks at the spread of Islam into Southeast Asia and how religious belief and expression fit with extant and modern polictical and economic infrastructures. It is difficult to determine where Islamic practice begins or ends in any ... Read More »

The evolving worldview of South Asian Muslims

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South Asia is home to about 40 per cent of the world’s Muslim population. Ever since the Muslims arrived here, first as Arab traders to Malabar in the 7th century and then as Central Asian conquerors in the later centuries, Muslim thought has been in a state of flux. Because of their exposure to different cultures and pluralistic religious societies, ... Read More »

Ottoman Turkey, Atatürk, and Muslim South Asia

THE dismemberment of the Ottoman empire and the abolition of the caliphate two years later in the 1920s evoked an emotional wave of anger among the Muslims of the Indian subcontinent that turned into a movement for the restoration of the caliphate. This movement was also joined by the Hindu communities and supported by almost all political parties, but in ... Read More »

Meet the Muslim cyclists riding for peace – and to combat Islamophobia

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A group of Muslims are riding from Glasgow to London to raise money for charity – and offset the negative attitudes and stereotypes of Islam, visiting mosques and war memorials along the way. One of the cyclists, heart specialist Dr Tauseef Khan, describes the humbling kindness the group have encountered along the way. Last weekend I travelled up to Glasgow ... Read More »

Pilgrims pour in undeterred by MERS fears

Makkah: Muslims pilgrims from around the world are pouring into the holy city of Makkah in Saudi Arabia, undeterred by the spread of the MERS virus which has killed 284 people in the kingdom. The mysterious Middle East Respiratory Syndrome is considered a deadlier but less transmissible cousin of the SARS virus that appeared in Asia in 2003 and infected ... Read More »

Kyrgyzstan opens Islamic research institute

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The Scientific Research Institute for the Study of Islam, which opened in Bishkek in May, is the country’s first secular Kyrgyz institution to focus on that topic. “We will apply scientific methods to study Islamic issues in Kyrgyzstan, the process of proselytisation and radicalisation of certain groups, the popularisation of alien religious ideas and views amongst us, and the change ... Read More »

Pakistani scholars strengthen religious harmony

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In the past few weeks, vandals have desecrated Hindu sites in the Mirpur Khas, Larkana, Hyderabad and Tharparkar districts. Miscreants May 28 defiled three Hindu temples in the Kot Ghulam Muhamma area of Mirpur Khas District, Dr. Ashok Kumar, a local Hindu activist, told Central Asia Online. Five other attacks on the community’s places of worship took place earlier this ... Read More »

Southeast Asian Muslims Among World’s Most Devout

Southeast Asia’s Muslims can be confident that when it comes to some key beliefs they are among the most devout in the world. A Pew Research Center survey into the values, rituals and lifestyles of more than 35,000 Muslims around the world showed that the Muslims of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand were often among the most enthusiastic followers of some ... Read More »

Moderate Islam? Look to Central Asia

WASHINGTON — For more than a decade, the United States has been reaching out to the Muslim world, courting Islamic moderates even as it wages war with religious extremists. Washington’s efforts have been concentrated mostly on the Middle East, with little success. The Americans might do better to focus on another region that has an equal claim to being Islam’s ... Read More »