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Sha'ban, 14222001-11-01

Crescent International Vol. 30, No. 17

Book Review

New edition of a classic on modern Islamic political thought

Hamid Algar

MODERN ISLAMIC POLITICAL THOUGHT, by Hamid Enayat (revised edition, with foreword by Hamid Algar). Pub: Islamic Book Trust, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2001. Pp. 307; pbk. RM36.00 / $12.00 (excld. postage)


The West’s declaration of war on political Islam


Much has been made of George W. Bush’s throwaway characterization of the US’s “war on terrorism” as a ‘crusade’. To be fair, he was probably using the word in the sense of a determined, even zealous, pursuit of a cause, rather than in any specifically anti-Islamic sense...


The Seerah, political Islam and political Judaism (Part 1)

Muhammad H. al-'Asi

The contemporary world is in the process of a political reconfiguration. The traditional concepts and frameworks of understanding, capitalism vs. communism, right vs. left, and conservative vs. progressive, are outdated and have been left behind.

Islamic Movement

The potential and pitfalls of working with non-Muslim critics of America and the West

Iqbal Siddiqui

One feature of the crisis that began on September 11 has been the extent to which the US’s subsequent policy has been questioned and opposed by so many people even in the West. Even in America, where war-fever has been most intense, opposition to the attacks on Afghanistan has been evident, in demonstrations on university campuses, in New York and other cities...

Occupied Arab World

Israel shows its true colours while the world looks elsewhere

Our Special Correspondent

As international attention remains focused on the US-British attacks on Afghanistan and the escalating humanitarian crisis inflicted on the Afghani people, Israel has gone on the rampage in Palestine.

Occupied Arab World

Mubarak out to show he is even more anti-terrorist than Bush and the West

Crescent International

President Husni Mubarak of Egypt has been fighting Islamic movements since coming to power in 1981. Exploiting Egypt’s influence in the Muslim world, he has been instrumental in the adoption of anti-terrorism conventions and resolutions by the Arab League, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), and the General Assembly of the UN.

Occupied Arab World

Saudis’ reluctance to support US over Afghanistan shows their worry about domestic opposition

Zafar Bangash

Whether the US-led war on Afghanistan will overthrow the Taliban is a moot point, but it has already caused tremors in Saudi Arabia. Not because the House of Saud is concerned about what happens to the Taliban or the Afghans...

Special Reports

Nobel peace prize for UN and Kofi Annan a reward for service to the West’s world order

Abul Fadl

On October 12 the Nobel prize committee in Oslo announced that it was awarding the United Nations Organization and Kofi Annan, its secretary-general, a peace prize in recognition of their work in pursuit of “a better organized and a more peaceful world.” This is the first time that the UN as a whole and its acting head have received the award.

Special Reports

US’s crude propaganda failing to convince the world

Waseem Shehzad

Propaganda is an important tool of war but, like everything else the Americans do, it is one which they wield crudely. On October 22 the Taliban reported that a hospital in Herat had been bombed, killing more than 100 people, including many children.


Bombardment and suffering fail to break defiant Afghans’ spirits

Zafar Bangash

The US-British assault on the Taliban and Usama bin Ladin in Afghanistan does not appear to be going well, despite the use of ground troops on October 20 after two weeks of aerial attacks.


Bad news for Muslims under Chinese occupation

M.S. Ahmed

China, now a member of the World Trade Organisation, has made substantial political and economic gains at the APEC summit it recently hosted at Shanghai.


US-Russian alliance against ‘terrorism’ changing Central Asian geo-politics

M.A. Shaikh

Russia and the US have established reasonably friendly ties in order to avoid conflict between their interests, and occasionally to cooperate for those interests.

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