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Shawwal, 14252004-12-01

Crescent International Vol. 33, No. 10

Guest Editorial

The danger of Islamic Iran withdrawing from global Islamic concerns

Abu Dharr

One interesting feature of the current world dichotomy – the division between the United States and its “war on terrorism” and the Islamic movement, with Islamic Iran at its heart – is the emerging realization in the central countries of the two sides that they can no longer rely on their principal constituents...

Book Review

Trying to explain how the world sees the US

Mansoor Ansar

Blaming America First: Inside the Hatred of the United States in the Middle East and Beyond by Laura Drake PhD. Pub: United Association for Studies and Research (UASR), Annandale VA, USA, Pp: 117. US$9.95.

Book Review

Revealing account of internal American politics in the run-up to the Iraq invasion

Nasr Salem

Plan of Attack by Bob Woodward. Pub: Simon & Schuster, New York, London, Toronto, Sydney: 2004. Pp: 467. Hbk: $28.00 / £19.00.


US elections reveal much about the state of US society and politics


So now it’s official: George W. Bush and his policies are supported by the majority of those Americans who choose to engage in US politics...


Arafat’s death opens the way for a new generation of Islamic Palestinian leaders


Yasser Arafat was not, by any stretch of the imagination, an Islamic leader. He was famously photographed meeting with Imam Khomeini in the early days of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, after the new Islamic state had renounced the Shah’s close relationship with Israel and declared its solidarity with the Palestinian struggle...


The threat of sectarian conflict in Iraq


As the Ummah has watched developments in Iraq since the US invasion, many have been aware of the potential for sectarian discord.

Islamic Movement

Hamas poised to take a greater political role in Palestinian politics post-Arafat

Azzam Tamimi

It is not without good reason that the world focused so intensely on the illness and death of Yasser Arafat, and on his multinational, multistage funeral...

Occupied Arab World

Egypt’s ‘democratic reforms’ seek to entrench dynastic rule

M.A. Shaikh

The ailing 76-year-old president Husni Mubarak, who has ruled Egypt for 23 years with an iron grip, is busy paving the way for Jamal, one of his sons, to succeed him...

Occupied Arab World

US destruction of Falluja fails to achieve their declared objectives

Nasr Salem

Few sceptics doubted that the long-anticipated attack on the Iraqi city of Falluja, some 70 kilometres (about 45 miles) to the west of Baghdad, would be launched with unusual ferocity. Still fewer doubted the US Marines’ ability to retake the city...

Occupied Arab World

The different faces of resistance among Iraqi Sunnis

Nasr Salem

The second battle of Fallujah, during which US and Iraqi forces battered a city of 300,000, has focused attention on the escalating resistance to the occupation of Iraq...


The importance and objectives of achieving power for Islam

Zafar Bangash

Muslims can take comfort in the fact that their present state of powerlessness is not a permanent condition; circumstances can and do change...

South-East Asia

Doubts over Anwar’s friends as he re-enters Malaysian politics

Abdar Rahman Koya

Since his return on October 31 after undergoing spinal surgery in Germany, former Malaysian deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim has been wooing large crowds wherever he goes...

South-East Asia

Thailand’s Thaksin unfazed by condemnations after latest massacre of Muslims

Correspondent in Bangkok

Hardly had the blood dried on Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s hands after the storming of the historic Kerisik mosque in Pattani last April, than the ‘Butcher of Bangkok’ committed another horrifying massacre of Muslims...

Special Reports

Iran, the WTO and the decline of national politics

Yusuf Al-Khabbaz

​Islamic Iran’s relations with international organizations such as the UN have been among the most criticised elements of its foreign policy...


Dutch Muslims targeted after murder of controversial film-maker

M.S. Ahmed

The Netherlands, which until now has always claimed to be more tolerant than the rest of Europe, is now openly hounding its Muslim population, on the pretence of fighting terrorism...

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