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CM21: Relations

Samia Rahman is perplexed by our complex network of relationships, Aamer Hussein looks back on his affectionate bonds with the great Urdu writer Qurratulain Hyder (aka 'Annie'), Syed Nomanul Haq follows classical scholars seeking royal ...

Bugged by Nationalism by Shanon Shah

Leaders everywhere seem to be catching a strange bug. For a fresh example, let’s turn our attention from the White House’s ‘fine-tuned machine’ to the one firing on all cylinders in Malaysia. On 18 February 2017, the ...

A Battle for the Soul of Pakistan

Beena Sarwar
Sehwan Sharif and other shrines in Pakistan are being targeted for terrorist attacks because militant Islam feels threatened by the popular adherence to Sufi Islam and values.

My Kind of Snowflake by Muddasir Ramzan

This winter’s snowfall has given us hope that climate change is not yet terminal. In previous years we had dry winters, which greatly disrupted the seasons. It was after so many years that Chillai Kalan, a forty day period of harsh weather ...

Many More Apologies are Owed to Canada's Muslim Community by Vicky Mochama

A peaceful, kind and diverse community has been treated as a pawn in a craven political strategy. And it's appalling.

In Memory of Dr Najah Kadhim Al-Radhi

It is with deep sorrow that the Muslim Institute learned, on 7 January 2017, of the untimely death of Dr Najah Kadhim Al-Radhi, the secretary of International Forum for Islamic Dialogue (IFID), and much-loved Muslim Institute Fellow. Since 2000, ...

Suddenly Muslims are America's Pariahs

Nesrine Malik
Officers 'just following orders', confused children, fearful parents: with Trump's vile ban Islamophobia has finally burst its banks

Kashmir on Film by Muddasir Ramzan

A writer friend recently asked me what I thought about the movie Kaafiron Ki Namaaz, and I confessed I hadn’t even heard of it. Early this week, while travelling back from Srinagar in a train, which had many of its windows broken, probably ...

Modi and Trump - voting strongmen, voting hate by Zahir Janmohamed

Donald Trump’s win in the US and Narendra Modi’s in India two years ago are both about the majority claiming greater victimhood.

A Muslim Epiphany?

Shanon Shah
It’s nice being glass half full. Which is why I’m thinking, “Wow, an Episcopalian cathedral included readings from the Quran in its Epiphany service!” Epiphany, celebrated on 6 January in the Western Church, commemorates ...