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Rabi' al-Awwal, 14232002-06-01

Crescent International Vol. 31, No. 7

Book Review

Detailed and fair-minded critique of the Wahhabi phenomenon

Abdar Rahman Koya

Wahhabism: A Critical Essay, by Hamid Algar. Pub: Islamic Publications International, Oneonta, New York (www.islampub.com), 2002. Pp: 98. Pbk: $12.95.


Bush’s European tour shows unity of the West


As Crescent goes to press, US president George W. Bush is on day 6 of his much-vaunted European tour, designed both to consolidate support for the US’s ‘war against terrorism’ and to demonstrate that the US is not acting unilaterally or alone.

Islamic Movement

Timeless truths on Israel and al-Quds: ‘temporary state... eternal capital’

Kalim Siddiqui

The issues confronting the Islamic movement in Palestine today are not new. Here we reprint an editorial on the Israeli problem written for Crescent International by the late DR KALIM SIDDIQUI (r.a.) over twenty years ago.

Occupied Arab World

Elections pointless and dangerous for Algerians except the regime

M.A. Shaikh

There is a strong feeling among Algerians that the parliamentary elections, on May 30 will not resolve the crises gripping their country. The legislators elected have no influence on policy, and the military, which cancelled the elections in 1991 which the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) were set to win

Occupied Arab World

West rewrites Iraq sanctions to ease own problems, not those of Iraqis

Crescent International

f the purpose of the new sanctions rules, passed by the UN on May 14, is – as the media imply – to relieve the Iraqis’ suffering, and shift the blame for their ordeal from the US and its allies back to Saddam Hussain, then Washington must think again...

Occupied Arab World

No surprise in Syria’s adoption of US-Israeli definition of terrorism

Crescent International

When Syria, Egypt and Saudi Arabia issued a declaration to denounce all forms of violence as terrorism at their summit on May 16 at Sharm al-Sheikh, many Muslims were astonished that Damascus could so suddenly and without any warning ditch the Palestinian cause and Hizbullah by agreeing to a definition of terrorism identical to that of the US and Israel.

South-East Asia

Mahathir’s reconciliation with Washington raises possibility of rehabilitation of Anwar Ibrahim

Abdar Rahman Koya

There are no permanent enemies or allies in politics. Malaysia’s opposition front, dominated by the Islamic Party (PAS), which has joined hands with former UMNO members disenchanted with prime minister Mahathir Mohamad over his injustices to Anwar Ibrahim, are already feeling the winds of betrayal blowing.


Loya Jirga unlikely to solve any problems as war continues to rage in Afghanistan

Zafar Bangash

The mother of all Jirgas, touted as the panacea for all of Afghanistan’s problems, is turning into a grand farce. Amid allegations that tribal elders have been offered bribes of up to US$1,000 by various warlords in Paktia province to elect them to the Loya Jirga...


Musharraf under pressure as India prepares for war against Pakistan

Zia Sarhadi

Pakistani president general Perwez Musharraf walked a fine line in his televised address to the nation on May 27, defiantly asserting Pakistan’s willingness to defend itself against India for popular consumption while also asserting his commitment to prevent ‘terrorists’...

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