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Crescent International Vol. 26, No. 1

Book Review

Engaging book on the intricate and often confusing field of international finance

Abul Fadl

The incessant recurrence of international conflict, political rivalry and economic competition in relations among States has led many observers and analysts to conceive of the international system as being intrinsically chaotic and anarchic. According to Tony Porter, however, such a view of the international system is misleading as interstate interactions exhibit 'a surprising degree of regularity and order' (p.1).


Polygamy not justified now

Dr Sharifah Munirah Alatas

I refer to the recent ruling of the Selangor State Religious Department on polygamy... The ruling is also an example of the outright violation of the democratic process.


Foreign hand behind the emergence of the Saud family

Zafar Bangash

Of all the calamities that have befallen the Muslims in the twentieth century - abolition of the khilafah, imposition of the nation-State structure, the loss of Palestine and Al-Quds to the zionists etc - the emergence of the House of Saud in the Arabian Peninsula is one of the most grievous.

Occupied Arab World

Likud-Labour consensus, Arafat's crackdown bode ill for Palestinians

Our Own Correspondent

Only as recently as December 30 (1996), Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was adamant that Israel would never leave Hebron.

South-East Asia

Mahathir, Karimov: the new champions of Islam

Our Special Correspondent

Malaysia’s prime minister Mahathir Mohamad and Uzbekistan’s president Islam Karimov have received public recognition for their presumed services to Islam. Neither man will be dismayed by the dubiousness of the honour or its source.

South-East Asia

Malaysian Muslims at the crossroads

Crescent International

ocial ills among the Malay Muslim youth has now reached to such a serious proportion that the Barisan government has to declare a national emergency to combat the problem.

Special Reports

Abdullah Adiyar: from atheism to Islam

Anwar Chowdhury

For one who was an arch atheist, with a communist activist for a father, who could not accept Islam, knowing that it ‘required one to be strictly disciplined’, Abdullah Adiyar, the celebrated South Indian poet, playwright, orator and journalist of the Tamil-speaking world had come a long way when he breathed his last on 19 September.

Special Reports

Black America, white America: the great divide getting wider

Waseem Shehzad

America is a deeply divided society. Nothing symbolises this better than the perception of blacks and whites towards O J Simpson, the celebrated football player whose trial has gripped America for more than two years.

Special Reports

In the eye of a storm

M H Faruqi, Mohammed Mahjoub Haroun

Sudan’s borders with Ethiopia had always been peaceful and, therefore, lightly defended with only symbolic units in the border posts. Kurmuk and Qaysan were two such small garrison towns on the Ethiopian borders.

Special Reports

Discreetly ‘anti-Islam and pro-intervention’

Crescent International

Daniel Koat Mathews is a veteran of Sudan’s southern rebel politics. It goes back 34 years ago, to 1963, when he helped to found the first Ananya rebel movement. He had since been an active member of the South Sudan Independence Movement (SSIM)...


Chinese impose news blackout as fighting rages in Eastern Turkestan

Iqbal Siddiqui

Hundreds of people are believed to have died in clashes between Uighur mujahideen and Chinese troops in Chinese-occupied East Turkestan during January and February. The fighting reached a peak during the last days of Ramadan, with particularly intense trouble reported in the town of Kuldzha (Yining).


Lenin gets his annual bath of chemicals

Our Moscow Correspondent

Even the strongest deoderant on the market cannot do the job at hand. That stuff is far too mild for what is required. To overcome the smell of a decomposing body 73 years after the person’s death is a feat indeed.

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