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Dhu al-Hijjah, 14242004-02-01

Crescent International Vol. 32, No. 17

Book Review

Welcome new edition of a famous analysis of the decline of Islamic civilization

Abdar Rahman Koya

Our Decline: Its Causes and Remedies by Amir Shakib Arslan (new, revised edition). Pub: Islamic Book Trust, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2004 (www.ibtbooks.com). Pp: 175. US$8.00.

Editorials

Iraqi protests at US political plans reveal limitations of resistance and opposition

Editor

After the pre-Christmas respite afforded by the conveniently-timed capture of Saddam, the US occupation of Iraq became more troubled again last month. Paul O’Neill, former US treasury secretary, gave the highest-level confirmation to date that Bush and his clique had been planning an invasion of Iraq from their first days in office...

Editorials

West targeting Muslim women to subvert Islam – and the task facing Islamic movements

Editor

The huge Muslim anger that greeted French proposals to ban hijab in schools and other public institutions has shocked the French establishment. Whether the depth of anger demonstrated when French Muslims took to the streets on January 17 will be sufficient to force the government to rethink its plans remains to be seen...

Features

The extent and purpose of the Saudis’ desecration of Islamic history

Muzaffar Iqbal

The massive damage that the Saudi rulers of the Haramain have inflicted on the historical sites there is little understood outside. DR MUZAFFAR IQBAL exposes their crimes against Islamic history and some of the objects behind them.

Islamic Movement

The choice facing the global Ummah: whether or not to follow the example of Ibrahim

Zafar Bangash

As this issue of Crescent International goes to press, some two million Muslims are gathered to perform the Hajj, and the entire Ummah is preparing to mark Eid al-Adha...

Occupied Arab World

US secures Qaddafi’s submission as an example to other countries

M.A. Shaikh

When a US secretary of state tells an Arab country to follow Libya’s example, and a US president praises colonel Mu’ammar Qaddafi for his "wise" and "responsible" decision, the view that the Bush administration’s foreign policy is fundamentally and cynically imperial is reinforced.

Reflections

The key lesson Islamic movements must learn from Iran’s Revolution

Zafar Bangash

Three distinct Muslim responses to the abolition of the khilafah (Islamic State) in Turkey in 1924 can be identified: the emergence of the Ikhwan al-Muslimoon in Egypt, founded by Hassan al-Banna in 1928...

South-East Asia

Plight of Pattani Muslims highlighted by violence in southern Thailand

Kuala Lumpur Correspondent

After months of Bangkok accusing its southern Muslim population of being terrorists, a series of violent attacks rocked the southern Muslim-majority provinces near the Thai-Malaysian border...

Special Reports

The misdirected goals of textbook revision

Yusuf Al-Khabbaz

​Among the topics discussed at the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) meeting in Kuwait in December was that of textbook revision...

World

Muslim protests against proposed hijab ban shock France

Ali Waliken

Tens of thousands of French Muslims took to the streets of Paris, Marseilles, Lille and other French towns and cities on January 17 to express their anger at the government’s proposal to ban hijab from public schools...

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