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Pashtuns demand an end to extrajudicial killings and abductions in Pakistan

Tens of thousands of Pashtuns are demanding an end to extrajudicial killings and abductions they blame on the Pakistani state – and a charismatic young man has become their spokesman. A compelling, bearded tribesman in his late 20s, Manzoor Pashteen is the unlikely figurehead for protests that have now mushroomed into a wider movement that threatens to upset a precarious …

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Islamic tradition (turath) & authenticity (asala)

By Dr. Adis Duderija, New Age Islam 12 March, 2014 Introduction: Often we come across in literature on Islam phrases/concepts such as “the Islamic tradition” (Turath) or “Islamic authenticity” (Asala). This literature also, especially that of non-academic nature, more often than not, does not attempt to clearly define what is meant by these concepts despite their obvious importance. How should …

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Kashmiriyat is a Prototype for Hindustaniyat

South Asian Islam finds its best expression in Kashmir’s Rishi-Sufi order and its precious gift known in the valley and beyond as Kashmiriyat, of which the Kashmiri people are justly proud. The defining features of Kashmiri Sufism are a belief in both the transcendence and immanence of God, respect for other religions, belief in reincarnation, emphasis on following the right …

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Sikhs in UAE hail the country’s year of respect, inclusion

When it was announced that 2019 would be the Year of Tolerance in the UAE, the Sikh community in the country felt the palpable “respect and recognition for their faith”, said the leader of the country’s first Gurudwara. “Proclaiming the Year of Tolerance even goes beyond recognising faith groups, it also signifies inclusion – by encouraging everyone to observe the …

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UAE Ambassador Ali Abdulla Al Ahmed on Pope Francis’ visit

UAE Ambassador Ali Abdulla Al Ahmed on Pope Francis’ visit “Both are religions of God and both are religions of peace” Pope Francis will travel to the United Arab Emirates on Sunday on his first visit to the Arabian peninsula. The UAE’s ambassador to Germany, Ali Abdulla Al Ahmed, tells Christoph Strack why it’s so important for the region share …

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The story of a tiny Muslim hamlet and a Hindu family

I was brought up my Uncle and Aunt (Bua & Fufa). When I turned a teenager, my Uncle retired from the Army and decided to settle in the outskirts of his regiment’s hometown. The town was Roorkee in Haridwar district, on the border of Uttar-Pradesh & Uttaranchal. Our house along with two houses of my Uncle’s regimental colleagues was built …

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In J&K, where people greet each other with salaam & namaste

Fighting her parents and the media-generated perceptions, a Bangalore student volunteers to teach at a Doda school and spend some time in Kashmir and Gurez. In this passionate write-up, Sanika Athavale deconstructs Kashmir, a place that is the most misunderstood place in this part of the worldKashmir, to my middle-class patriarchal upbringing, was nothing less than forbidden fruit. Just as …

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How Asia Bibi left Pakistan citing security reasons

LAHORE – Asia Bibi, the Christian woman who spent eight years on death row on blasphemy charges in Pakistan, has arrived in Canada with her husband, her lawyer confirmed to German media on Friday. “She is united with her family,” Bibi’s lawyer Saif-ul-Malook told the German Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper. Bibi’s two daughters left Pakistan in secret and flew to …

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Islam practised in India is “vastly different” from that in West Asia

The puritanical Islamic doctrine of Wahhabism was incapable of taking roots in India because of diverse traditions in the Muslim community influenced by the country’s composite culture, experts on Muslim culture said on Sunday. The panel of experts analysed multiple interpretative traditions among Muslims in India and elsewhere as well as modern challenges before them at a discussion on “Islam: …

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J&K’s fun-loving youth invites private investments in entertainment sector

Srinagar: Amid growing public concern about the side effects of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), a restaurant being run on the theme of the popular online game in capital Srinagar has become a new heartthrob of Kashmiri youth. PUBG is a 2017 online multiplayer battle royale game developed and published by PUBG Corporation, a subsidiary of South Korean video game company Bluehole. …

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