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India: Supreme Court judgment on fatwas needs close eye

India: Supreme Court judgment on fatwas needs close eye

By Wed, Jul 09, 2014 11:23PM UTC Comments Off India: Supreme Court judgment on fatwas needs close eye

Too much hot air is being blown into Monday’s Supreme Court judgment clarifying that fatwas are not binding on Muslims. That’s possibly because there’s a new government in New Delhi that is led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and some people have a morbid tendency of contextualising issues. In fact, if anyone contextualised anything, it was the Supreme Court....

Religion in Global Politics

By Thu, May 15, 2014 8:36AM UTC Comments Off Statue of Thiruvalluvar on SOAS campus

  The so-called ‘resurgence’ of religion in the public sphere in recent decades is now a significant area of academic study and societal interest, provoking a complex set of responses, ranging from vehement opposition to the very idea that religious concepts and commitments have a right to expression in public, political debates to a reassessment...

Opinion: Without Pakistan, Islam would be in real trouble

By Wed, Mar 07, 2012 10:25AM UTC Comments Off Opinion: Without Pakistan, Islam would be in real trouble

“Thank God for Pakistan,” God probably says to himself. Without Pakistan, after all, who on this planet would defend Islam as earnestly as we do? Exhibit A is the Tahaffuz Namoos-e-Risalat Mahaz protesting the presence of women running in a marathon organized by the Punjab government. Why? I’ll let them explain it: What sort of...

WikiLeaks: Lee Kuan Yew calls Islam a ‘venomous religion’

By Tue, Sep 06, 2011 12:25AM UTC 1 Comment WikiLeaks: Lee Kuan Yew calls Islam a ‘venomous religion’

Singapore’s ex-Prime Minister and founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, has called Islam a “venomous religion,” according to a recently released Wikileaks cable. From WikiLeaks website: Asked by Rep. Rangel how organized terrorists were internationally, MM Lee responded that orthodox Islam was a powerful force capable of recruiting volunteers for terrorist groups. He noted Singapore's experience...