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Jumada' al-Ula', 14222001-08-16

Crescent International Vol. 30, No. 12

Book Review

A rare, balanced and detached analysis of the Islamic Resistance Movement in Palestine

Iqbal Siddiqui

Hamas: Political Thought and Practice by Khalid Hroub. Pub: Institute for Palestine Studies, Washington DC, USA, 2000, pp. 329, $16.95.


The Islamic factor in Indonesian politics


After months of street turmoil and parliamentary drama, Indonesia returned to relative calm with the removal of Abdurrahman Wahid from the presidency last month. His tumultuous 21-month rule was marked by moves to open up political freedom in the world’s fourth most populous Muslim country.


Musharraf’s Agra summit: an Indian Muslim perspective

Crescent International

General Pervez Musharraf, president of Pakistan, came, saw and returned without conquering: not Kashmir but his ancestral home at Naharwali Haveli, Delhi. Yet another summit-level talk between India and Pakistan had collapsed.

Islamic Movement

Discussing the Seerah of the Prophet (saw) and Islam in the modern world

Zafar Bangash

Two months before the International Seerah conference to be held by the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT) in South Africa (September 21-23, 2001), a major conference on the Seerah took place in Ottawa, Canada. ZAFAR BANGASH, director of the ICIT, was there.

Occupied Arab World

Palestinian deaths mount as Israelis given freedom to commit atrocities

Zafar Bangash

With Ariel Sharon, the butcher of Beirut, at the helm, the “only democracy in the Middle East” has gone berserk. It is using US-supplied Apache helicopters against Palestinian activists, in complete disregard of human life. Amer Hudeiri, a Hamas activist, was martyred on August 5 when Israel fired two missiles at his car in the West Bank town of Tulkerm...

Occupied Arab World

Eleven years after Saddam Hussein’s attack on Kuwait, little change in US-Iraq relations

Abul Fadl

August 2 was the 11th anniversary of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. Eleven years later, the consequences of the invasion continue to cloud the political landscape in the Middle East, as proven by Washington’s doggedness in sounding the drums of war against Baghdad.

South-East Asia

Mahathir eyes White House invitation as repression continues in Malaysia

Abdar Rahman Koya

The beleaguered Mahathir regime in Malaysia appears to have a knack for finding strategies that have unintended effects. In its latest campaign to silence the opposition, ten more people, including Nik Adli Nik Abdul Aziz, the son of PAS chief Nik Abdul Aziz, were abducted in the first week of August under the notorious Internal Security Act (ISA)...

Special Reports

Worldwide demonstrations highlight the plight of Iraqis in Saudi Arabia’s Rafha refugee camp

Abul Fadl

Ten years after the end of the US attack on Iraq, more than 5,000 Iraqis remain stranded and largely forgotten in appalling conditions in the Rafha refugee camp in north-eastern Saudi Arabia.


Taliban arrests expose Christian missionary activities in Muslim countries

Crescent International

The Taliban authorities in Afghanistan arrested 24 staff members of a German charity working in Kabul on August 5, setting off yet another international outcry about their alleged inhumanity.


Macedonian Muslims’ resolve and military muscle enhance their bargaining power

Crescent International

Until a month ago it was a firm western policy to arm the Macedonian military and isolate Albanian fighters by branding them as ‘terrorists’ out to break up the country in their alleged pursuit of ‘Greater Albania’.


New Sino-Russian treaty is directed against Central Asian Muslims, not the US

Crescent International

Since China and Russia recently signed a treaty of friendship in Moscow, supposed by some to be a response to US president George W. Bush’s missile project, trade and military contacts between Moscow and Washington have mushroomed.


Court ban triggers split among Turkey’s Islamist politicians

Our Own Correspondent

The recent ban on Turkey’s Islamist Fazilat (‘Virtue’) Party (Fazilet Partisi or FP) caused division in the ranks of the country’s largest Islamist party along the lines of a longstanding rift between its so-called “traditionalist”/ “loyalist” and “modernist” / “reformist” factions.

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