Sectarian monster - DAWN.COM

Sectarian monster – DAWN.COM

A RECENT report from the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan reiterates what we already know: sectarian violence in Pakistan has risen to unacceptable levels. The HRCP counts 687 killings in more than 200 sectarian attacks in 2013, up 22pc from 2012. With each attack — targeted assassinations on busy street corners, mob violence in far-flung…

Asians in Tanzania – Article by Shamlal Puri

Excerpt: The Shia Ismaili community led by their spiritual leader, the Aga Khan, has played a major role in Tanzania’s development. Tanzania has received aid through The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), the largest International, private, non-denominational international development agency founded and chaired by the Aga Khan. The community’s presence in East Africa has seen a steady growth and today it employs 18,000 people, mostly indigenous Africans,…

Al-Azhar and The Demise of Islamic Centres of Moderation

Excerpt: Since it was established by the Fatimids in 972 to promote Ismaili doctrine, and then turned to a university three years later, Al-Azhar has been involved in Egyptian affairs under the watchful eyes of the state. Abbas Hilmi, the last Khedive of Egypt, demanded that Al-Azhar refrain from political activism, “riots” and “chaos of…

The Rosary (Tasbih)

In Islam, while the word tasbih refers to a form of supererogatory prayer it is also a name given to a number of beads strung together in the form of a circle. There is a loop at one point of this circular object and the two ends are passed through a bigger, decorative bead where…

Canada, Development, and the Aga Khan

By Uri Marantz Development is a big word.  It denotes theories, concepts, experiences and case studies, and it connotes much more all at once.  Internationally, development refers to improving the material conditions and quality of life of the most marginalized communities living under some of the poorest and least capable governments.  Naturally, it is the…

Thesis: Clash of Ignorance, by Karim H. Karim

Thesis: Clash of Ignorance, by Karim H. Karim

The clash of ignorance thesis presents a critique of the clash of civilizations theory. It challenges the assumptions that civilizations are monolithic entities that do not interact and that the Self and the Other are always opposed to each other. Despite some significantly different values and clashes between Western and Muslim civilizations, they overlap with…