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Crescent International Vol. 28, No. 19

Book Review

Towards defining western research on indigenous knowledge

Yusuf Progler

Among the western civilization's more dubious claims is that western man possesses the ability to define and delimit all knowledge. While colonization used murder and bribery to great effect, a lasting impact of the western incursion is in the area of epistemology, the nature of knowledge.


The hollowness of the west’s ‘democratic revolution’


The collapse of the communist bloc in 1989 is regarded in the west as the definitive triumph of democracy, a ‘Democratic Revolution’ to rank alongside the other great revolutions of western history, the French (1789), the Russian (1917) and the Chinese (1949).


Muslims in the west, Islamic cultures, and the ‘Trojan horse’ theory

Anisa Abd el Fattah

Zionists in America have been very busy. Of the many campaigns they have mounted to demonize Islam and Muslims, probably the most insidious has been their campaign to demonize Islamic culture.

Occupied Arab World

Arab television-stations compete for Ramadan audiences

Crescent International

The arrival of the holy month of Ramadan normally evokes greater degrees of piety and solidarity among Muslims, but its approach this year has already triggered a bitter and dirty competition between Arab television stations for audiences.

South-East Asia

Mahathir badly hurt as Malay Muslims vote for Islamic party

A Special Correspondent in Kuala Lumpur

Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamed was returned to office in the general elections late last month, as widely predicted, but was severely bruised in the process and faces a difficult and uncertain future...

Occupied Arab World

Algerian eradicationists exposed by killing of FIS leader Hachani

Mustapha Shirazi

Abdelkader Hachani, a senior leader of the banned Algerian Islamic Salvation Front (FIS), was assassinated in Algerian capital, Algiers, on November 22. Hachani was shot in the chest several times as he was leaving a dentist’s clinic. His assassin was not captured.


Chechens defying Russians as Moscow claims successes

Zafar Bangash

The Russians are not doing as well militarily in Ichkeria (formerly the Caucasus republic of Chechenya) as they claim, nor are the Chechen fighters doing as badly as the Russian media reports. What Moscow is clearly winning is the propaganda war, having learnt the important lessons from its former enemies in the west.


Improved ties with Ethiopia and Egypt ease pressure on Sudan

M.A. Shaikh

A new Nile-water deal between Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia and a tripartite alliance between Jibouti, Ethiopia and Sudan directed against Eritrea ï a common adversary and neighbour ï have somewhat eased Khartoum’s embattled position, by complicating Washington’s declared effort to finance opposition-groups fighting to form a breakaway republic in the south of the country.


Iran opens borders to relieve Afghanistan

Crescent International

The plight of the beleaguered Afghanis placed under UN sanctions on November 14 was relieved a week later, when Iran opened its border for trade with Afghanistan.


Mosques burnt as Malawi Muslims come under attack from Christians

Crescent International

Muslims in the Central African state of Malawi, west of Lake Tanganyika, are living in constant fear of violence from armed Christian fanatics who have already destroyed scores of mosques and killed dozens of people throughout the country.


Pakistan’s military regime launches long-awaited crackdown on corrupt officials, politicians and businessmen

Zafar Bangash

Pakistan’s new military regime launched its promised crackdown on corruption on November 17, when it arrested a number of politicians, businessmen, bureaucrats and former military officers accused of corruption or willful default of bank loans.

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