Archive for the 'Religion' Category

Why the Archbishop got it wrong

Monday, February 18th, 2008

Whether Rowan Williams is a good man or a bad man; an intellectual or an academic; a highly sensitive soul or a machinating demagogue or whether or not he deserved the tabloid-led backlash is irrelevent to the position that he took when he delivered his speech, Civil and Religious Law in England: a Religious Perspective.
What […]

The Legend of Bonbibi

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

In the Sundarbans, an archipelago of islands in the Bay of Bengal, legend has it that Bonbibi, ‘the lady of the forest’, was chosen by Allah to protect people who work in the mangrove forests against a greedy man-eating half Brahmin half tiger-demon called Dokkhin Rai, the King of the South.

One day, in a fit […]

Queer Nation

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country. In Iran we do not have this phenomenon, I don’t know who has told you that we have it.
So said Ahmadinejad at Columbia University.
Well, you could have fooled us Mahmoud. Who’s the hotty you’re sucking the face off?

Perhaps what he means is that he’s doing […]

Muscular Liberalism and Indian Fascism

Monday, September 17th, 2007

What do the following men have in common:

1. Narendra Modi

2. Bal Thackeray

3. Praveen Togadia

4. Slobodan Milosovic

5. Jean-Marie Le Pen

6. Christopher Hitchens

7. Martin Amis

8. Mark Steyn
The answer?
Well, we know that the first three are Indian political fascists who sprinkle their rhetoric with anti-Muslim bigotry to stigmatise communities and win votes at the drop of a Nehru […]

The Sickness at the Heart of British Mosques

Saturday, September 8th, 2007

From yesterday’s Times:
Almost half of Britain’s mosques are under the control of a hardline Islamic sect whose leading preacher loathes Western values and has called on Muslims to “shed blood” for Allah, an investigation by The Times has found.
Riyadh ul Haq, who supports armed jihad and preaches contempt for Jews, Christians and Hindus, is in […]

A Tale of Two Secularisms

Saturday, September 8th, 2007

From the Boston Review, Nicholas Schmidle on the “Islamist challenge to secular Bangladesh”:
Islamist parties have multiplied over the past decade and public support for them has grown. Yet Bangladeshi society remains overwhelmingly secular, even militantly secular. And while the Islamists have grabbed headlines, the secularists are holding their own in an intense power struggle. Bangladesh […]

The Islamicist

Sunday, September 2nd, 2007

It was then that I became involved with my first Islamicist group, the Hizb-ut-Tizer (party of Tizer). They wanted to get rid of corrupt Muslim states and replace them with a superstate, based in Scotland, made from girders. They felt this would strengthen the Muslims. They successfully lobbied for a new prayer space, and we […]

Private Religion and Public Ideology

Friday, February 16th, 2007

There is an important distinction to be made between Islam as religion and Islam as ideology.
The statement “Religion is a private matter” is only applicable in liberal, secular societies in some parts of the west. In muslim societies, religion is almost always made to be a public matter. Islamic religious authority is reasserting itself as […]

Akash Asylum

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

[Update 13Jan2008]
I have retained this post, but have excised the text I wrote about GMB Akash in view of the complaints made by GMB Akash himself in the comments. In fact I got the information from another blog which turned out to be factually incorrect. This is a bad thing. I have broken a blogging […]

For a Humanistic Islam

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

Elham Manea pleads for a Humanistic Islam:
The re-Islamisation of Arab societies gave ground to the belief that there is indeed only one version of Islam, the one exported from the heart of Saudi Arabia: Najdi Wahhabi Islam [2]. People seem to have forgotten how colorful and diverse Islamic traditions were. Islam in Tunisia or Morocco […]

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