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Misrepresentation of “Culture” as ‘religious’ identity in Pakistani Cinema-Part 2

Word For Peace During the British Raj the provinces of India where Muslims were in minority, “faced the threat of social decline.” The Muslims of these provinces were deeply concerned by the British policy after the 1857 ‘Revolt’ led by the Muslim landlords against their British rulers. The Muslim landlords, “whose members often came from the same aristocratic milieu, were discriminated …

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The sultan of Oman was a true peacemaker in West Asia: Talmiz Ahmad

Word For Peace In the early hours of Saturday, January 11, Oman announced that Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq Al Said would be the new Sultan of Oman. This took place within a few hours of the passing of Sultan Qabbous bin Said and set at rest intense speculation in the last few years about the succession. Qabbous came to the …

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Indian scholar of Persian language, Dr Hafeezur Rahman, explains the relevance of Rumi as Theologian and Qur’an Commentator

WordForPeace.com Editorial Note: There have always been a variety of ways of looking at the Qur’an within different cultural and historic contexts spanning the classical and modern period in the Islamic history. Mystic theologians like Rumi were trying to explain and appropriate the Qur’an relevant to modern times, and at the same time espousing a very critical approach towards the …

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J&K: Now Youths are the New Shining Stars in Political Leadership

WordForPeace.com  Srinagar: New young faces are trying to create a niche for themselves in Jammu and Kashmir even as the current political leadership faces a time of crisis. Since the abrogation of Article 370 and the bifurcation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories, mainstream parties are now grooming new faces to create an alternative leadership: Ridwana …

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Shaheen Bagh: Muslim Women Should Reclaim Their Space in Masjids also: Moinuddin Ahmad

Word For Peace For last two weeks, the world has been witnessing how a group of young and old Muslim women are leading protests – against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) – right outside a Muslim neighbourhood, or perhaps a ghetto, in southeast Delhi. This remarkable agitation was preceded by the brutal thrashing of Jamia Millia Islamia students by …

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India’s Islamic scholars speak out on mistreatment of religious minorities in Pakistan after Nankana Sahib vandalism

WordForPeace.com EDIT DESK In her book “Purifying the Land of the Pure: Pakistan’s Religious Minorities” (published by Harper Collins, India, 2015.), Farahnaz Ispahani writes : “At the time of Partition in 1947, almost 23 per cent of Pakistan’s population, which then included Bangladesh, comprised non-Muslim citizens. The proportion of non-Muslims has since fallen to approximately three per cent in the …

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Imran Khan tweets old video from Bangladesh as ‘Indian police’s pogrom against Muslims’, later deletes

Word For Peace New Delhi: Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Friday slammed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for peddling a seven-year-old violence video from Bangladesh as a case of what he claimed to be “Indian police’s pogrom against Muslims in UP”. “Tweet Fake News. Get Caught. Delete Tweet. Repeat. #Oldhabitsdiehard,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. The now-deleted video …

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J&K: Mobile SMS facility restored, internet services resume in govt hospitals

Word For Peace New Delhi: Internet services in all government-run hospitals and SMS facility to all postpaid mobile phones in Kashmir were restored from the midnight of December 31 midnight, PTI reported Jammu and Kashmir official spokesperson Rohit Kansal as saying. “It has been decided to restore internet connectivity to all government hospitals with effect from midnight of December 31 besides …

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Kuala Lumpur summit: Neither mono-ethnic nor mono-religious, Malaysia boarded the gravy train of conservatism

Word For Peace The recently concluded Kuala Lumpur Summit 2019 has annoyed and exasperated many Malaysians. They feel Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s misplaced loyalty for the plight of 1.7 billion Muslims worldwide is incongruent with the socio-political and economic difficulties Malaysians have been enduring, post-GE14. Their biggest grouse is that our national identity is shaped by more than the …

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