Islam, Secularism and Liberal Democracy-Saleha Anwar

The writer delivered his argument eloquently; however, there seems to be some contradictions in his theoretical explanation and practical reality. Prof. Hashmi studied Turkey as a successful democratic country despite the fact the secularization in Turkey was introduced in a top-bottom manner. He seems to be self-contradictory in this regard. Moreover, he does not offer any doctrinal (and agreeable) justification to establish a link between liberal democracy and Islam. In other words, he shies away to deep dig into reinterpretation of Islam to counter the Orientalists.

Kashmir: From a valley famed for its lakes and meadows to an open prison

The one year of night with so many difficulties and pain has undoubtedly marked Kashmiris’ unshakable resolve in the face of an occupying force. Kashmiris have nothing to lose. Hence, they are demanding nothing less than freedom. A fascist regime with an agenda to control aspirations for freedoms is destined to fall apart.

A brief review of Professor Harari’s Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind-Saleha Anwar

Humankind has evolved from its raw form to the developed one as it appears today. Many books have been written on the subject of history, evolution, and anthropology of mankind. Interestingly, origin and transformation of humankind (from primitive savage to modern-day liberals) remains at the heart of debates in History and Anthropology. Sapiens: A BriefContinue reading “A brief review of Professor Harari’s Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind-Saleha Anwar”

Iran at the crossroads: Internal challenges vs. Regional ambitions—Saleha Anwar

It seems as if the Middle East has been in a constant state of war and uncertainty since forever. There are multiple conflicts, several regional and global forces at play, and the rise of cultural chaos in the region. Regrettably, terrifying uncertainty, relentless violence, and unimaginable bloodshed are appearing to be new normal in theContinue reading “Iran at the crossroads: Internal challenges vs. Regional ambitions—Saleha Anwar”

‘Islamophobia is a challenge created, developed and aggravated by Muslims’

Mustafa Akyol, a Turkish journalist and senior fellow at the Cato institute, wrote an op-ed Muslims Should Disarm Islamophobia with Kindness in The New York Times on 27 Feb.  Ajyol attempted to dissect the issue, its complexity, and explored different dimensions to offer ‘an agreeable’ solution to the world. But as a Muslim from Pakistan with postgraduate degreeContinue reading “‘Islamophobia is a challenge created, developed and aggravated by Muslims’”

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