Caliphate Kicked In the Crotch
Also validates Islamic legal reform and multiple Islamic schools (says there were more than 90 at one point).
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Who's this guy?
Does anyone get a whiff of sensationalism coming from the title of this book and the article's tone? His experiences aren't that different from what I've seen in my community in America. A lot of friends/acquaintences joined the Hizby movement in college, then dropped out (or burned out) and joined the Hamza Yusuf camp. There was also a pretty strong Salafi faction, and others who did the MSA thing on campus. I personally never felt a part of any of those groups, though I went in and out of all of them. I chalk the waffling up to the growing pains of finding your identity, and personally don't think it was anything extraordinary. But, I guess its nice that someone can make money off their experiences.
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Your Eyes on Darfur
Amnesty International has developed an innovative way to place the world's eye's on Darfur, by using before-and-after satellite images of villages that have been destroyed by the Janjaweed militia. The whole world can now literally watch a genocide transpire in front of their eyes. Go to
The Muslim world has been shamefully silent on this huge atrocity in its midst, and it has been western activists which have really shed a spotlight on this issue. The US government just placed renewed financial sanctions on Sudan by blacklisting 30 Sudanese companies and three individuals. While this
The Arab League, on the other hand, held a conference in Khartoum last year which ended in a resolution
This should be obvious, but it bears repeating that Israel/Palestine is not the be-all, end-all of US-Islamic relations - or rather, it shouldnt be. And if the Muslim silence on Darfur stems from wariness of "true" western intentions, it makes sense for Muslim governments to not give the west any excuses to intervene. If they cant control the perpetrators, they should not be surprised when the rest of the world decides to finally stand up and put an end to it.
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Blasphemy by the elderly & mentally infirm
In Pakistan, an elderly, mentally disturbed man
By the way, the provision under which the complaint was registered was Pakistan Penal Code 295-B, which states "Whoever willfully defiles, damages or desecrates a copy of the Holy Quran or of an extract therefrom or uses it in any derogatory manner or for any unlawful purpose shall be punishable for imprisonment for life." Since so far only a complaint has been registered and no adjudication has taken place, one hopes that the judge will throw it out because it doesnt seem that the damages to the Quran were "willful" as required by the Code. But for this to happen, the judge would have to withstand the same public pressure that led the police to register the complaint in the first place.
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Perhaps the lightbulb is finally starting to flicker and illuminate the situation for Musharraf, because he is in a predicament. Whatever the case, the political isolation of Mush is clearly starting to take its toll. The Washington Post is reporting that Musharraf lashed out at his allies in Parliament accusing them of leaving him standing alone as the media and others called for his resignation. But it is hard to see who he has to blame for this isolation other than himself, as he has made a number of decisions of late that could only undermine his claim to legitimacy.
What he has failed to understand, one might argue is that the governance of the military rested upon a certain recognition among the people of Pakistan of his rule. The enlightened tyrant is in a tenuous position if they wish to maintain both their enlightenment and their tyranny. Perhaps even more than a ruler who achieves power through elections, the enlightened tyrant must embody the will of the people in significant ways - must be their representative. An elected leader can make unpopular decisions and will likely be tolerated because the electorate knows that when the times comes, that leader will be out of a job. But when the tyrant sweeps into power with claims of stabilizing and reinvigorating a country so that the country can continue on its way towards prosperity, an almost impossible balancing act is required. This is the role that the Pakistani military has played on a number of occasions, and it is the situation which brought about Musharraf's rise to power. But he can only hold control, or at least "enlightened" control, as long as the people view him as their representative - acting on their behalf. Obviously, no representative is going to be able to achieve this on a universal scale, but because Musharraf assumed power, every person who is alienated by him and no longer recognizes him as acting in some general way for the good of the country will feel legitimacy in opposing him as an unabashed tyrant.
The dismissal of the CJP was a significant misstep on his part because it indicated an unwillingness on his part to hold himself accountable to standards of enlightened government. In short the dismissal of the CJP was a strike against the foundations of Musharraf's own claims to legitimacy. The recent restrictions of the free press brought further protests and disruptions, and the outraged voice of the Pakistani people was severe enough to be felt in Islamabad. Again what the toleration (at a bare minimum) of a free press indicates is the government's willingness to hear voices than its own. The willingness to allow an opposition press shows that one is dedicated to responding to the concerns of those who might disagree with you. These are things an enlightened tyrant must be willing to do.
Finding himself alone (or more to the point, having isolated himself), Mush has rescinded the restrictions upon the free press (see
Civil Liberties/Schmivil Liberties: A (Bad) Week in Review
It has not been a good week for civil liberties, those liberal values we are supposedly promoting in the Middle East
1. Egypt's government is doing its best to disrupt the ability of opposition parties to campaign for the upcoming election. Of course the Muslim Brotherhood is already illegal in Egypt so their candidates have to run as independents. But there have been a
2. Pakistan is obviously in a state of crisis. It is pretty clear that the government is losing whatever tenuous control it has had over conditions in the
3. Afghanistan has had
The fact is that because of the failures of American foreign policy in the region it has very little diplomatic power to influence the course of events without making major concessions. Can one imagine how different life would be right now - and I realize that hypotheticals contra to fact are next to useless, but humor me - if we had spent the money we have spent on a failed military expedition into Iraq on 1.continuing the isolation of Saddam Hussein; 2.promoting the already budding liberal institutions of the Iraqi Kurds; 3.this would have
Unfortunately, I now return you to your previously scheduled reality.
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Patricia Larsen, "White Beach #4" (2005)
there are moments between the waking and unconscious where one falls off the edge of the map and drowns in a sea that you thought was only ink. someone had told you to be careful, as you walked to the edge: green lined by black. but it was after all, only a map. since when did lines on paper kill anyone?
i cannot count the dead.
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