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Crescent International Vol. 42, No. 4

Main Stories

Pakistan elections: change or change of faces?

Zafar Bangash

Electing the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz faction) has simply brought the same old party that had twice before failed to deliver. Amid growing allegations of vote rigging, Pakistanis seem to have opted for merely change of faces.

Main Stories

Is the change in Pakistan real?

Perwez Shafi

Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehrik-e Insaf has shaken the foundations of old alliances but not enough to change the political dynamics in the country, yet.


Syria, Iraq and the politics of sectarianism

Zafar Bangash

Failure of the western-backed rebels in Syria has resulted in increased sectarian tensions in Iraq from where the bulk of the mercenaries flooded into Syria. Many have returned and sectarianism is the tool used to divide Muslims by playing on their emotions.


Election season in the Muslim world

Zafar Bangash

Two Muslim countries—Malaysia and Pakistan—have held elections. People in the third, Islamic Iran, will go to the polls on June 14. There have been complaints of rigging in the first two; only in Islamic Iran are elections held in an organized and proper manner highlighting the difference between a secular system and that based on Islamic values.


Respecting differences

Zafar Bangash

The tendency among some Muslims to insist that their particular understanding of Islam is the only correct way has caused numerous problems. These are compounded by rigidity leading to unnecessary conflict when Muslims should be tolerant of different approaches.


An Imam is an Imam — and a non-imam is a non-imam

Abu Dharr

Imam Khomeini (ra) whose death anniversary falls this month (June 3) was an outstanding leader whose courage and convictions brought about meaningful change in Iran after the Islamic revolution. Other leaders, primarily in Egypt and Tunisia have failed to adopt bold policies.


Imam Khomeini: the battle for hearts and minds

Afeef Khan

One of the essential pre-requisites for leadership is to set a directional course and motivate people to follow it. This is what Imam Khomeini (ra) achieved and brought about the Islamic revolution in Iran.

News & Analysis

Egypt: grappling with old, and new problems

Ayman Ahmed

June marks a grim anniversary for the people and armed forces of Egypt. While Egyptians deal with that grim legacy they are faced with fresh problems in the aftermath of the overthrow of the Mubarak regime.

News & Analysis

On Syria, Erdogan returns empty-handed from US

Ahmet Aslan

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had hoped during his Washington visit to convince US President Barack Obama to militarily get involved in Syria. The American president did not buy Erdogan’s allegations against Damascus forcing the new pasha to return empty-handed.

News & Analysis

Saudi Arabia’s ticking time bombs

Yusuf Dhia-Allah

Saudi Arabia’s problems have become so severe that even a member of the ‘royal’ family has been forced to speak out publicly. Will King Abdullah and his inner circle take heed of Waleed bin Talal’s warnings?

News & Analysis

Boston bombing, Syria, and the Russian connection

Ayesha Alam

American attempts to use the Boston bombings to exert pressure on Russia to compromise on Syria at the UN Security Council seem not to have worked.

News & Analysis


Salina Khan

The cliques that run mosques in North America pursue their own narrow agendas without addressing the burning issues or paying attention to the needs of the people. This has resulted in alienating most Muslims.

News & Analysis

NYPD’s surveillance report indicates trend toward police state

Ayesha Alam

America is becoming a militarized police state with increased surveillance and repressive laws imposed on people.

Special Reports

Reflecting on the state of the Ummah (Part 2)

Zafar Bangash

In the second part of this essay, Zafar Bangash, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT) discusses the political culture of Islam and how its revival is essential for the Ummah.

Special Reports

Western attempts to delegitimize the Islamic movement

Tahir Mahmoud

As Muslims reassert the power of Islam in their societies, western regimes, their media outlets and so-called thinktanks have gone hoarse proclaiming the Muslims’ alleged failure.

Special Reports

Muslim political direction in the US: implementation of Islamic principles over symbols

Jamshed Abbas

The role of committed Muslims is to work for social, economic and political justice by interacting with the oppressed in western societies.

Editor's Desk

US-liberated Libya sinks into a blackhole


Has Libya been ‘liberated’ from the clutches of Muammar Qaddafi’s tyranny or plunged into chaos by the thugs and hoodlums trained and armed by the west? Life for ordinary Libyans has become extremely grim.

Letters To The Editor

Liberate Arabia

Shaukat Ali Khan

The Crescent International should launch a global campaign to liberate the Arabian Peninsula from the clutches of the Saudi family, says Shaukat Ali Khan of Los Angeles.

Letters To The Editor

Gitmo forever!

Mohammed Khan Yousufzai

Barack Obama has proved to be a hypocrite. He had promised in January 2009 to close Guantanamo Bay but hundreds still languish there, writes Mohammed Khan Yousufzai from Pakistan.

Letters To The Editor

Hindu terrorists

Syed Nematulla

Exposing the face of Hindu terrorists is welcomed by reader Syed Nematulla who wants the so-called leaders of Muslims also to be exposed because they are only after personal interests.

Letters To The Editor

Pakistan: agenda for the new government

Nasir Hussain Peerzadah

What the priorities of the new Pakistani government should be, are listed by Nasir Hussain Peerzadah from Kashmir.

Letters To The Editor

Understanding the role of the Ummah

Muslim Mahmood

Even a small group of committed Muslims can bring about meaningful change in society, says reader Muslim Mahmood from Nigeria.

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