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Crescent International Vol. 33, No. 5

Guest Editorial

The Islamic state must reverse the drift from Divine inspiration to supine disinclination

Abu Dharr

They must be etched into the memory of every activist of the Islamic movement – the triumph of Imam Khomeini, the culminating success of the Islamic Revolution and the defeat of the Shah, together with the failure of secularism and of the Israeli agents entrenched in the Pahlavi dynasty and establishment...

Book Review

Transnational Political Islam: Religion, Ideology and Power

Zafar Bangash

On reconsideration, however, the realization emerged that the book is not actually as useless as it first appears, provided one is not misguided by what it says on the cover or, for that matter, what the editor writes in his introduction…


The achievements and dilemmas of the resistance in Iraq


The key achievement of the resistance is Iraq is not difficult to identify: by maintaining constant pressure on the US occupation forces, as well as those of the US’s allies, from the outset of the invasion to the present, the Iraqi mujahideen have totally disproved the US’s claims...


OIC summit reflects change of strategy towards Islam


The Organization of the Islamic Conference, the international organization of Muslim nations-states, has long been regarded as a bit of a joke in Muslim affairs...


Dimensions of independent socio-economic development

Adil Hussein

The need for ‘development’ in Muslim countries has become a given in economic and political discourse. However, its implications are little understood. Here we publish a paper by the late Egyptian scholar, ADIL HUSSEIN, discussing this crucial issue...

Occupied Arab World

For fear of a bang, US formalises Iraq ‘transfer of power’ with a whimper

Iqbal Siddiqui

The US formally transferred responsibility for the government of Iraq to a sovereign interim government on June 28, two days before the scheduled handover date of June 30...

Occupied Arab World

Iraqi Shi’as polarised around the al-Sadr movement

Nasr Salem

The Mahdi Army, led by Iraqi Shi’ah leader Muqtada al-Sadr, has marked the end of another chapter in its two-and-half-month-long armed insurrection against the US-led occupation troops: on June 24 it declared a unilateral ceasefire in the Baghdad slum-township of Sadr City...

Occupied Arab World

Palestinian groups warn Egypt against becoming an Israeli proxy in Ghazzah and West Bank

Ahmad Musa

One little-noted feature of Israel’s much-vaunted plan to "disengage" from Ghazzah is the role envisaged for Egypt after the withdrawal of Israeli troops, should it ever take place...

Occupied Arab World

House of Saud under threat

M.A. Shaikh

Not since 1932, when the oil-rich kingdom was founded, has the House of Saud been faced with such serious prospects of demolition or division as it is today...


Anger mounting as Musharraf leads Pakistan to the brink of disaster

Zafar Bangash

Throughout its tortuous history, Pakistan has staggered from one crisis to another; but general Pervez Musharraf has brought it to the brink of unprecedented disaster...

South-East Asia

US hoping Singapore will help control Malacca straits

Abdar Rahman Koya

A useful characteristic of George W. Bush and his cronies is their openness in dealing with America’s enemies, thus making known the US’s probable next course of action...

Special Reports

The Zionist diatribe underpinning American attitudes towards Muslims and Arabs

Yusuf Al-Khabbaz

Recent US policies towards Muslims and the Muslim world, and particularly their treatment of Muslim prisoners in Iraq, Guantanamo and elsewhere, reveal a deep fear and contempt of Muslims...


Barely disguised cynicism as G8 adopts US plans for democratizing the Middle East

Our Own Correspondent

One sometimes wonders how George W. Bush and other US officials can so seriously utter claims and statements that they and those around him must know are recognised around the world as absolute nonsense...


Congress government is not good news for Muslims

Qazi Umar

The re-emergence of the Congress party after the recent elections has created confusion and insecurity for Muslims. The media and some Muslim leaders are celebrating the downfall of the BJP and the ‘resurgence’ of secularism...


Musharraf’s policies in Pakistan dictated by Washington

Abid Ullah Jan

Last March US secretary of state Colin Powell designated Pakistan a "major non-NATO ally", while refraining from publicly criticizing general Pervez Musharraf’s handling of the controversy over nuclear physicist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan...


Russia, China, Central Asian states reinforce co-operation against Islam

M.S. Ahmed

The presidents of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan met in Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan, on June 16 to reinforce their alliance against Islamic activism in the region...

Book Review

One useful paper in a disappointing volume about the global Islamic movement

Crescent International

TRANSNATIONAL POLITICAL ISLAM: RELIGION, IDEOLOGY AND POWER edited by Azza Karam. Pub: Pluto Press, London, December 2003. Pp: 157. Pbk: £15.99.

Islamic Movement

Muhammad Mahdi Akif, the leader of the Ikhwan al-Muslimeen, on the need for reform in Egypt

Muhammad Mahdi Akif

The Ikhwan al-Muslimeen, the largest Islamic movement in Egypt, was recently subjected to the biggest crackdown for many years, resulting in the death in prison of Akram Zuhayri on June 9...

Islamic Movement

Iran conference discusses the intellectual contribution of Imam Khomeini

Zafar Bangash

Hundreds of Islamic movement scholars and activists gathered in Iran last month for a conference marking the anniversary of the death of Imam Khomeini...

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