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Leaving Home Always Happens Tomorrow

Khadija Abbasi
It was an autumn night in Mazar-e Sharif. We were all sitting around the sofra [i], having dinner. Ehsan, my 14-year old brother, cracked a joke by telling us about his friend who had been deported from Bandar-e Kabul, the station ...

A Saudi Vignette

Shanon Shah
It’s easy to get angry every time one hears news about Saudi Arabia. The latest to test me is the Kingdom’s recent spate of horrific beheadings. I’ve never been to Saudi Arabia myself and my vision of the country is ...

50 Years of British Asian TV by Avaes Mohammad

Britain in the 1960’s, having been governor to one fifth of the world’s population, was now learning to play host. Some three thousand immigrants a week were reportedly seeking to build a new life here from the commonwealth. In the ...

CM16: Turkey

Tahir Abbas is captivated by the complexity of Turkish politics and culture. Ahmet T. Kuru is unimpressed by the authoritarian tendencies of the current regime. Edip Asaf Bekaroglu struggles with the ambiguity of Turkish ...

The Plight of Kashmir's Migratory Birds

Muddasir Ramzan
From time immemorial Kashmir, because of its natural beauty and climate, has remained the centre of attraction for the whole world. From kings to subjects, rich to deprived, humans to birds - Kashmir attracts all. But climate change and chaotic ...

A Jewish Qur'an and other Antiquities

Shanon Shah
The emergence of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) might seem like a new nightmare, but neither its motivations nor methods have appeared out of nowhere. Its violent persecution of minorities and destruction of historic sites it ...

Fatema Mernissi: The Pride of Islamic Feminism in Modern Times - Obituary by Mohammed Hashas

The American scholar Amina Wadud has mourned her and called her “one of our greatest foreMothers.” Many see her as having given confidence to the idea of an Islamic feminism and its struggles for human dignity, equality, and social ...

Words and Deeds: Civilisations, an Alphabet of Tolerance and the Caliphate

Mohammed Moussa
Words and deeds are now the apparent battle-lines between civilisations. Even among Muslims, ‘moderates’ are pitted against ‘extremists’ in a conflict that is depicted to be global and ubiquitous. The recent attacks in ...

BBC Radio Scotland interviews Ziauddin Sardar - Britain's own Muslim Polymath

BBC Radio Scotland interviews the Muslim Institute & Critical Muslim's Ziauddin Sardar: "He shares his personal story with Cathy Macdonald as well as thinking through where we must go in the aftermath of the attacks in Paris, and the ...

ISIS hates Middle Eastern civilisation too

David Shariatmadari
The Paris attacks are portrayed as an assault on the values of the west. In fact, writes David Shariatmadari, the hopes and philosophies we cherish are global.