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News & Analysis

Secularism in Islamic Schools

Maksud Djavadov

Rajab 14, 14392018-04-01

Islamic schools are supposed to present a better alternative to what is being taught in mainstream schools but apart from a single subject of Islamic studies, most Islamic schools offer little enlightenment.

Special Reports

Spewing sectarianism from the pulpit

Catherine Shakdam

Dhu al-Hijjah 29, 14372016-10-01

Saudi court preachers miss no opportunity to vilify the Shias. They do not shy away from using even the most sacred platforms, such as the minbar, to spewing hatred.

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Special Reports

Turkey during and after the presidential election

Our Own Correspondent

Dhu al-Qa'dah 06, 14352014-09-01

Turkey has a new president in Recep Tayip Erdogan, hitherto Turkey’s prime minister. Our correspondent reports what he saw before, during and after the election in Turkey. After spending half a month during and after the latest presidential election in Turkey, a Crescent International correspondent shares his observations and analysis.

Opinion

The day democracy died

Abu Dharr

Sha'ban 11, 14332012-07-01

During the course of the past 18 months the world in general and the Muslims in particular were watching the movement of people and the counter-movements of regimes.

Special Reports

Impediments to development in the Muslim world

Zafar Bangash

Rajab 11, 14332012-06-01

Muslims occupy a vast swathe of the earth’s surface. From Morocco in the west to Indonesia in the southeast, Muslims reside in a part of the globe that acts as a bridge between Europe and the vast archipelago of Southeast Asia.

News & Analysis

Turkey between neo-Ottomanism and secularism

Our Own Correspondent

Jumada' al-Ula' 09, 14332012-04-01

As Turkey’s hopes of becoming the leading power to restore Muslim public identity and its own Islamic socio-political distinctiveness gradually fade away from Muslim memory, it is important not to exaggerate the deviations of contemporary Turkey.

Opinion

The sectarian weapon of mass distortion

Abu Dharr

Safar 07, 14332012-01-01

The world is babbling with news about Iran being on the threshold of going nuclear, in a military sense. Israeli words are coming out of American mouths. US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta told CBS news that Iran could build a nuclear bomb in a year or less (music to Israeli ears).

Islamic Movement

NED’s agenda shapes its false conclusions

Maksud Djavadov

Ramadan 22, 14312010-09-01

Applying secular perspectives, derived from the Western notion of party politics, on measuring the power of the Islamic movement will never produce accurate results. Just like applying secular methods of pure party politics will never bring a desired result for an Islamic movement.

World

Turks still divided on how to loosen grip of secular establishment on the country

Hajira Qureshi

Ramadan 01, 14292008-09-01

The Turkish High Court’s decision on Wednesday 30 July to not ban the ruling Justice and Development party (AKP) was hailed by some as a victory for democracy. The decision was the outcome of three days of deliberations over the case, which had first reached the court early in March.

World

Increasing tension in Turkey as Islamist government foils secularist coup

Hajira Qureshi

Rajab 29, 14292008-08-01

The long-established fault-lines dividing Turkish society are emerging to dominate its politics once again. As on so many occasions in the past, the secular elites are once again up in arms to protect the nation-state that they have dominated for 85 years.

World

Turkey’s secular elite increase pressure on AKP government

M.S. Ahmed

Rabi' al-Thani 25, 14292008-05-01

Turkey's secular elites, whose attempts to portray the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its leaders as religious extremists continue to fail, have now resorted to a ruse to achieve the desired but elusive results. But because of the determination of those targeted to fight back, analysts believe that the scheme will throw the country into turmoil;

World

Turkish voters give Islamist AKP a massive victory over military and secular elite

Waseem Shehzad

Rajab 17, 14282007-08-01

On the eve of Turkey’s parliamentary elections, Hurriyet, a daily paper in Ankara, predicted that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) would not get more than 30 percent of the popular vote. In the election on July 22, the AKP increased its vote by 12 percentage points to 46.5 percent from a crowded field of 14 political parties and 700 independent candidates. Despite increasing its share of the electorate’s votes, the AKP’s seats declined slightly to 341 from the 354 it had had in the outgoing parliament of 550.

Main Stories

Turkey’s secular elites show their anger as an “Islamist” runs for president

Waseem Shehzad

Rabi' al-Thani 14, 14282007-05-01

Three times in the last 50 years – in 1960, 1971 and 1980 – the Turkish military has seized power from civilian governments whose policies they deemed unacceptable. In 1997, Turkey suffered a “soft coup”, when the military forced prime minister Necmeddin Erbakan out of power for being too Islamic.

Reflections

Turkey’s glorious past, uncertain future

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 14, 14282007-05-01

If a country’s architecture can be taken as indicating its status in the world, that of Istanbul reflects fairly accurately both Turkey’s past and its present. While the grandeur of its historic buildings are vivid reminders of past glories, the blandness of its contemporary buildings–concrete and glass boxes–reflects the disrupting influence and ultimate vacuousness of its Westernization.

Islamic Movement

Egyptian government working with US to secularise and Americanise Islam

Mohamad Yehia

Sha'ban 05, 14242003-10-01

A spate of recent events highlights the urgency with which the Americans are trying to reshape Islam in their own image and interests. Since mid-August, for example, reports in several Egyptian newspapers have told of dozens of mosque imams and khateebs being sent to America secretly in what are called "cultural exchanges".

Islamic Movement

Scourge of decadent secularism spreading fast in Pakistani educational institutions

Zia Sarhadi

Rabi' al-Thani 24, 14222001-07-16

The scourge of secularization is spreading so rapidly in Pakistan that Islam, the Qur’an and hadith are now openly ridiculed in educational institutions, in open disregard of the feelings of Pakistan’s overwhelming majority or the consequences of such actions.

Occupied Arab World

Egypt told that its license to persecute Islamic activists does not extend to pro-west secularists

M.S. Ahmed

Rabi' al-Awwal 24, 14222001-06-16

Throughout his rule, president Husni Mubarak has governed Egypt under an emergency decree, using his dictatorial powers to persecute the Islamic groups that have always constituted the most vocal opposition to his regime.

Special Reports

Struggle between Islam and secularism in Pakistan

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 04, 14181998-04-01

Since its creation more than 50 years ago, Pakistan has been trapped in a crisis of identity. For the ruling elite, it has meant the continuation of raj by other means with all the attendant pomp, ceremony and priveleges.

Special Reports

Pakistan caught in false debate between secularism and sectarianism

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 17, 14181998-03-16

Fifty years after its creation, Pakistan is still unsure of its identity. Notwithstanding the Zionist settler entity in Palestine, Pakistan is the only country in the world to have come into existence on the basis of religion - Islam - but it has yet to find its moorings.

Islam and Secularism

Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas

Rajab 08, 14131993-01-01

Written more than twenty years ago, this book is one of the most creative and original works of a Muslim thinker in the contemporary Muslim world. The author deals with fundamental problems faced by contemporary Muslims and provides real solutions, beginning with a discussion on ‘The Contemporary Western Christian Background’ in Chapter (I), followed by his analysis of the concepts (which he newly defines) of ‘secular’, ‘secularization’, and ‘secularism’ in Chapter (II). All this is then contrasted in Chapter (IV) of the book entitled ‘Islam: The Concept of Religion and the Foundation of Ethics and Morality’.

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