Monthly Archives: January 2020

“Kairos for creation”: Theological response to climate emergency

Word For Peace A new publication on eco-theologies and climate justice, entitled “Kairos for creation – Confessing hope for the earth,” has been released by a group of international theological experts who met in June 2019 in Wuppertal, Germany. The book, a documentation of the Wuppertal conference, offers common perspectives on how to respond theologically and politically to the global climate …

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On the margins of Turkey’s Review of its Human Rights Record

Word For Peace Ayman Okeil: #SaveHumanRightsInTurkey campaign resonated with the Human Rights Council Dr. Abbas Mansouran: Turkey used phosphorous in Rojava Hasan Anlar: Turkey practices systematic torture in prisons Zakaria Mubarak: Erdogan and the Minister of Interior are accused of killing my brother And the office of the Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Killings has not yet responded to meeting request …

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Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi: Traditions like Basant bind us together as a nation across religions

Word For Peace Recently, India’s spiritually-inclined Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and people of other faiths celebrated Basant together at the holy shrine of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia. They offered yellow flowers wearing yellow clothes and garlands to mark the occasion. Celebrated for more than seven centuries, Basant is the country’s age-old representation of multiculturalism. Festivals and traditions like Basant bind us together …

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अमीर ख़ुसरो: भारत के महान राष्ट्रवादी फ़ारसी कवि

Word For Peace (Translated from English by Pooja Kumari)  अमीर खुसरो भारत के महान कवि थे, जो अपने राष्ट्रवादी और उदार विचारों के लिए जाने जाते हैं। वह पारम्परिक फारसी और लोक कविता दोनों में पारंपरिक साहित्यिक कविता लिखने में माहिर थे| जो खड़ी बोलि, ब्रज भाषा, अवधी और अन्य क्षेत्रीय बोलियों का मिश्रण था। एक ओर उन्होंने पारंपरिक फ़ारसी ग़ज़लों की रचना की जिसमें प्रेम और रहस्यमय विचारों को प्रस्तुत किया | दूसरी ओर उन्होंने (हिंदवी) या प्रारंभिक अवस्था में उर्दू में लोक कविता (पहेली, कह मुखरनी, ढकोसला, दोहा आदि की रचना की)|  उन्होंने राजाओं,भारत की संस्कृति, धर्म और कला पर मसनवी (लंबी कविताएँ) भी लिखीं । फ़ारसी ग़ज़ल और मसनवी ने उन्हें उस समय के साहित्यिक क्षेत्र का गौरव प्रदान किया था, जिन लोक कविताओ को  उन्होंने स्थानीय भाषा में लिखी थी और उन्हें आम जनता के बीच लोकप्रिय बनाया था। उनके स्वभाव और काव्यात्मक शैली को समझने के लिए हमें उनकी पारिवारिक पृष्ठभूमि और उनकी परवरिश को देखना चाहिए। उनका जन्म 1258 में आगरा के पास उत्तर प्रदेश के जिला पटियाली में मोमिन अबाद में हुआ था। उनके पिता सैफुद्दीन महमूद एक तुर्की  थे और चंगेज़ खान के आक्रमण के समय तुर्किस्तान से आए थे। वह हजारा जनजाति से थे। वह भारत में बस गए। उनकी मां दौलत नाज एक राजनयिक (राजाओं की सलाहकार) इमदुल मुल्क की बेटी थीं। इसलिए अमीर खुसरू को तुर्की और भारतीय संस्कृति दोनों विरासत में मिलीं। लेकिन बाद के वर्षों में, उन्होंने अपनी मातृभूमि के लिए एक गहरा प्रेम विकसित किया। उन्होंने भारतीयों को नीची जाति की नजर से नहीं देखा और न ही अपने तुर्की मूल का घमंड कभी किया। अपनी मसनवी में, उन्होंने भारत की भूमि और उसके वनस्पतियों,जीवों की सुंदरता, भारतीयों, इसकी नदियों, पहाड़ों, जानवरों, फलों इसके शहरों और कस्बों के रीति-रिवाजों तथा अनुष्ठानों का जश्न मनाया है। वह भारत के अपने प्रेम को इतनी इतनी गहराई से व्यक्त करते है कि वह एक राष्ट्रवादी कवि के रूप में उभरते  है। यह आश्चर्यजनक लग सकता है क्योंकि उन्होंने 13 वीं शताब्दी में राष्ट्रवाद के विचार को उजागर और प्रचारित किया जब राष्ट्रवाद या राष्ट्र-राज्य का विचार एक राजनीतिक सिद्धांत के रूप में, विकसित नहीं हुआ था न ही भारत एक राष्ट्र-राज्य के रूप में एकजुट नहीं हुआ था। उस अवधि के दौरान भारत में मुस्लिम शासकों का शासन था और इसीलिए उनकी धर्मनिरपेक्षता या राष्ट्रवाद उनकी राजनीतिक या सामाजिक मजबूरी नहीं थी। उन्होंने भारत को इतने उच्च सम्मान में रखा कि अपने मसनवी में वह भारत की तुलना मुसलमानों के दो सबसे प्रतिष्ठित स्थानों, मक्का और मदीना से करते हैं। अपने मसनवी क़िरानुस सा ‘अदीन में उन्होनें दिल्ली के  स्थानों, स्मारकों और यहाँ के लोगों की प्रशंसा की हैं: इसके लोग फरिशतें हैं वे स्वर्ग के लोगों की तरह जिंदादिल और अच्छे स्वभाव वाले हैं

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Many Stories Of Communal Harmony From Kerala

Word For Peace While it is clearly evident that the Citizenship Amendment Act was brought with an aim to create division among communities, people are protesting against the discriminatory law in unique ways of communal harmony and togetherness.  The Hindu marriage that took place in a mosque premises in Kerala is only the latest in the list. When Anju and …

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Where An Ancient Jewish-Muslim Coexistence Endures

Word For Peace Even as congregants recite evening prayers at Temple Beth El, the Muslim call to prayer rings out from minarets across the city and into the courtyard, a mix of Arabic and Hebrew filling the dusk sky with praises to God. And as the yeshiva students file out of Beth El (literally, House of God), Mohammed, the gatekeeper, …

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Muslims Learn Sanskrit, Hindus Urdu In This Indian Madrasa

Word For Peace Gonda: Amid the protests over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Population Register (NPR), Wazirganj area of Gonda district in Uttar Pradesh is writing a new chapter on Hindu-Muslim unity. A madarsa, Gulshan-e-Baghdad, situated in Rasulpur development block of Wazirganj is not only giving Sanskrit lessons to Muslim students but a large number of Hindu students …

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India’s front-running women-led ventures addressing social issues

Word For Peace January 26th, 2020 marks India’s 71st Republic Day. On this day, the country’s constitution came into effect along with its stance as an independent republic. Since then, we have never looked back. Our progress in terms of business, technology, education, etc. has been nothing short of remarkable. Behind this success, are the enterprising individuals who have contributed to …

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Al-Azhar’s Int’l Conference on Renewal of Islamic Thought focuses on means of renewing religious discourse

Word For Peace The conference, due to be held on Monday and Tuesday, focuses on means of renewing religious discourse, refuting misconceptions about Islam, and discussing women and family issues Egyptian prime minister to deliver the president’s speech at  Al-Azhar’s International Conference on the Renewal of Islamic Thought on Monday, presidency spokesman Bassam Rady told state run MENA agency. The …

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“Reconsidering the Ethical in Contemporary Islamic Thought”: Dr. Ebrahim Moosa in Dhaka

Word For Peace After a successful winter intensive with our most recent batch of first year students, Contending Modernities co-director and Primary Investigator for the Madrasa Discourses program, Dr. Ebrahim Moosa, and I travelled to Dhaka, Bangladesh to lead a two-day workshop introducing local ulama (religious scholars) to the Madrasa Discourses program (MD). There, Professor Moosa also delivered a public lecture, …

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