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(India) Salma Mahfooz: World’s First Muslim Woman Phd In Sanskrit

Word For Peace Born as Salma Begum in a Muslim family of a small town Dibai, District Bulandshahar in the northern state of India, Uttar Pradesh, she went on to become the first Muslim woman in the world to do her PhD in Sanskrit (1969), India’s ancient language. After marriage she changed her name to Salma Mahfooz. “My father, Ishtiaque Ahmed …

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Thousands join multi-prayer programme at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh

Word For Peace New Delhi, Jan 12, 2020: People of different faiths came together on January 12 to participate in a ”sarva dharma sambhava” – a multi-faith prayer ceremony – at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh, where anti-citizenship law protesters have been demonstrating for almost a month now. The inter-faith ceremony had a traditional Hindu-style “hawan” and chants of Sikh “kirtan.” The participants …

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A Hindu-dominated village chooses a Muslim head

Word For Peace TRICHY: In these times of strife and threats of polarisation on communal lines, a village panchayat in Pudukottai district stands out as an example of harmony. Seriyalur Inam in Keeramangalam, which is dominated by Hindus, has elected a Muslim as panchayat president to express their solidarity with those opposing the Citizenship Amendment Act. Mohammed Jiyavudeen, 45, secured …

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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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Nahda: The “renaissance” that swept Arab countries in the late 19th-early 20th centuries

Word For Peace The Nahda, the “awakening” or “renaissance” that swept many Arab countries in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, is hard to define. It was a lengthy, complex, varied movement, bent on elaborating a political and social modernity for the region, but encompassing many different influences, voices and ideologies. As Tarek El-Ariss notes in his introduction to …

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Syed Mohammad Ashraf: “Pursuing Education is not possible in an environment of fear and distrust”

WordForPeace.com Special 6 January, Mumbai Sayyid Mohammad Ashraf Kichhawchawi, President of All India Ulama and Mashaikh Board and Chairman of World Sufi Forum, condemned the masked violence in the campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University and said that those who masquerading as students in the University Campus, and were committing grave violence, should be arrested immediately. Pursing education is not possible …

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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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