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Dhu al-Qa'dah, 14222002-02-01

Crescent International Vol. 30, No. 23

Book Review

Discussing the nature and impact of secular fundamentalism in the Middle East

Iqbal Siddiqui

Islam and Secularism in the Middle East edited by John L. Esposito and Azzam Tamimi. Pub: New York University Press, New York, NY 10003, USA, 2000. Pp: 214. Pbk: $18.95.


Marking the Revolution in dark times for the Ummah


An interesting and ironic message appeared on an Islamic e-mail forum early this year. The author, a supporter of the Taliban and Usama bin Ladin, had previously been extremely critical of the Islamic State of Iran, which he saw as a sectarian, Shi’i state.

Occupied Arab World

Hobeika killing a blow to attempts to try Ariel Sharon

Khalil Marwan

That Israel is a terrorist state and its prime minister, Ariel Sharon, is a war-criminal are undeniable. The murder on January 24 of Elie Hobeika, himself one of the most notorious war-criminals in Lebanon, was almost certainly carried out by Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency.

Occupied Arab World

Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood: Bashar al-Asad’s "ready-made terrorists"

M.S. Ahmed

Since succeeding his father, Hafez, as president in 2000, Bashar al-Asad has been going through the motions of reforming the political, security and economic policies and practices bequeathed to him. But although he has released most of Syria’s estimated 50,000 political prisoners, declared corruption his principal target, and made some changes to the cabinet...

South-East Asia

Bangsamoro Muslims likely to be targeted in US’s war against ‘terrorism’

Maulana M. Alonto

Senator Sam Brownback, a member of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was more honest than Filipino officials when he said that the Philippines is to be the “next Afghanistan.”

South-East Asia

US’s political and military build-up in South East Asia

Abdar Rahman Koya

US allies in South-East Asia have been quick to seize the opportunity offered by the West’s anti-terrorism campaign to act against Islamic activism among the region’s ocean of Muslims. Few now bother to deny that the US is working towards a direct military role in the region.

Special Reports

New report sheds fresh light on George W. Bush’s tainted election victory

Yusuf Al-Khabbaz

George W. Bush’s inauguration as president a year ago followed one the most controversial and tainted elections in US history. A year later, with all attention turned to the ‘war against terrorism’, he hopes to be remembered as a great president. YUSUF AL-KHABBAZ has a better memory...

Special Reports

Musharraf singing from Western hymn-book in trying to marginalise Islam in Pakistan

Zafar Bangash

General Pervez Musharraf won widespread praise for his speech of January 12, attacking Pakistan’s Islamic institutions, not only from the West but from other established enemies of Islam such as Indian home affairs minister L. K. Advani and Israeli foreign minister Shimon Peres.


US’s treatment of Afghan prisoners causing concern even among allies

Waseem Shehzad

America’s treatment of prisoners from Afghanistan has embarrassed even its closest allies. France and Germany have officially urged Washington to ensure that the prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba are treated lawfully, and the European Union has called for their rights to be protected.


US established in Central Asia for the long term

M.A. Shaikh

The former Soviet republics of Central Asia are not teeming with US servicemen, but more than 1,000 troops are based in Uzbekistan, and US forces have been allowed to use air-bases in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.


Jama’at-i Islami struggling to provide lead in Pakistan

Our Own Correspondent

With Qazi Husain Ahmed, its amir (leader), in detention since October, the Jama’at-e Islami, an Islamic political party in Pakistan, is feeling somewhat adrift, although acting amir Syed Munawwar Hasan is trying gamely to lead.


Ulama meeting in Beirut reaffirm Ummah’s commitment to the fight against Zionism

Abul Fadl

A call for a nevitalized role for Muslim ulama in overcoming the Zionist menace sounded in Beirut in late December, when about 130 senior ulama from around the world descended on the Lebanese capital to attend a two-day conference on “Saving Jerusalem and Supporting the Palestinian People.”


US’s undiplomatic activities in Yemen causing anger and concern

Crescent International

US diplomats in Yemen, have been travelling through the country in recent weeks conferring with tribal leaders, particularly in areas allegedly serving as safe-havens for al-Qaeda activists, and inspecting religious schools suspected of receiving funding from Bin Ladin.

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