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Crescent International Vol. 31, No. 17

Book Review

Two very different books, both exposing the realities behind the West’s war on Iraq

Laila Juma

War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn’t Want You to Know by William Rivers Pitt with Scott Ritter. Pub: Profile Books Ltd., London, UK, 2002. Pp: 78. Pbk: $8.95 / £4.99.


Pakistani people turn to Islam yet again


That the Americans used the September 11 attacks as a pretext to install a pro-Western regime in Afghanistan is clear. Many reasons have been touted: a desire to defeat an Islamic regime...


Principles for calculating dates for Ramadhan and Eid, and the importance of getting them right

Waseem Shehzad

The correct dates for the beginning of Ramadhan and the celebration of Eid al-Fitr and issues which often cause confusion in the community. Here WASEEM SHEHZAD explains how the dates are determined, and what the dates for these blessed days are this year.


Power: the neglected dimension of the Seerah Part 2

Zafar Bangash

The ICIT held a second International Seerah Conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka, last month. Here we publish the second section of an abridged version of the keynote paper, presented by Zafar Bangash, Director of the ICIT.

Occupied Arab World

France holding up American plans at the UN

Mohamed Zitouni

lmost one month after the US and Britain published the draft resolution that they wanted the UN Security Council to pass to justify their planned war on Iraq, the French government has become the main obstacle to their success...

South-East Asia

Indonesia faces return to Suharto style repression after Bali bomb

Abdar Rahman Koya

When at a loss to explain anti-Western opinions and activities, American agencies routinely blame Usama bin Ladin. Since the Bali bombing on October 12, Indonesia has identified its own equivalent: the well-known alim Abu Bakar Basyir...


India imposes direct rule in Kashmir after its party loses out in elections

Zawahir Siddique

“Free and fair” elections in Indian-occupied Kashmir ended in anticlimax on October 17 when Governor’s rule was imposed for six months.


Maldive Muslims sentenced to life imprisonment for criticising president Abdul Gayoom

Ahmad Musa

Living on an idyllic tropical island surrounded by some of the world’s most beautiful atolls and beaches is a dream for some. Yet, for many inhabitants of the Maldive islands...


Pakistani voters turn to Islamic parties as alternative to Musharraf’s pro-American stance

Zafar Bangash

Muslims are so short of success stories these days that they are willing to clutch at any straw to beguile themselves. Take, for instance, the elections in Pakistan on October 10, in which an alliance of six “Islamic” parties surpassed even their own highest expectations.


EU snub to Turkey is a blessing in disguise

M.A. Shaikh

When the European Commission recommended on October 9 that nine countries be admitted to the EU but not Turkey, most Turks were not surprised. While the popular view is that a Muslim country is not wanted in the Union in any circumstances...

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