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Crescent International Vol. 31, No. 4

Book Review

A useful journalistic introduction to contemporary Islamic movements in Central Asia

Iqbal Siddiqui

Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia by Ahmed Rashid. Pub: Yale University Press, New Haven, USA, and London, UK, 2002. Pp: 281. Hbk: $24.00 / £16.95.


Telling parallels between Palestine and the Ummah


For the last 18 months the Palestinian intifada has been a symbol of Muslim defiance against world powers determined to crush the spirit of Islam, and a source of pride for Muslims everywhere.

Islamic Movement

Fundamental historical realities explain Muslims’ present plight and the way forward

Zafar Bangash

​At a time when Muslims are reeling from the cumulative effects of numerous attacks, ZAFAR BANGASH, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT) puts our plight and struggle in historical perspective

Islamic Movement

Islamic Iran’s global responsibilities and how to discharge them

Crescent International

Let us be grateful to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala that the Islamic Revolution is five years old this month. Five years ago who could have imagined the events that have actually occurred since?

Occupied Arab World

Butcher Sharon lets soldiers loose on Palestinians as world watches

Abul Fadl

Ariel Sharon, Israel’s prime minister, could not have done more for his reputation as a heartless, bloodthirsty war-criminal. Dozens of rotting bodies littering the streets and homes of West Bank cities...

Occupied Arab World

Courage of the Palestinian people and mujahideen shames Arab leaders and West alike

Zafar Bangash

Israel’s murderous attacks on Palestinian towns and refugee-camps, which intensified on March 29 and were continuing at Crescent International press time (April 9), have set the Muslim masses on fire. Massive demonstrations have been held in such places as Cairo, Amman, Beirut, Rabat and Jakarta.

Occupied Arab World

Squabbling Arab leaders agree only on self-preservation and Fahd’s Palestinian peace plan

Abul Fadl

It is not often that one sees a consensus among Arab states on any issue, but the two-day Arab summit held in Beirut on March 27 and 28 unanimously endorsed a Saudi-inspired plan for Middle East ‘peace’, offering Israel normal ties and full peace in return for complete withdrawal from the Arab lands it occupied in the June 1967 war and recognition of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Special Reports

Jenin: Remember this name...

Ramzy Baroud

Jenin: remember this name. Every time you lose faith in humanity, recall it. Repeat it inside yourself, slowly, when you are feeling down and frail; it should lift your spirit...


Chaos, disorder and internal power struggles in Afghanistan threaten American plans for the region

Zia Sarhadi

War is a grim business, the more so in Afghanistan, but occasionally nuggets of humour emerge even from that harsh landscape. The latest is the Americans’ announcement that they will train Afghans to fight...


Ayodhya crackdown brings little respite to India’s suffering Muslims

Aasiya Rahman

Indian Muslims won a brief respite last month when Hindu extremists were forced to postpone plans to start building a temple on the site of the demolished Babri masjid in Ayodhya on March 15...


Sudan apparently heading towards partition as US puts weight behind Garang

M.A. Shaikh

Colonel John Garang, leader of the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), which has been fighting Khartoum for almost two decades to establish a separate state in the south of the country, has apparently secured US backing for his programme, if the high-level reception and the funding he received during his recent visit to Washington is anything to go by...


Tatarastan losing both autonomy and alphabet

M.S. Ahmed

Tatarastan, the only Muslim republic still in the Russian Federation, is losing the autonomy that it gained in 1991 after the dissolution of the Soviet Union and had consolidated since then. It has also been forced to put on hold the legislation it passed in early 2001, in defiance of Russian objections...

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