Muslims are grappling with two gnawing concerns since the general elections concluded in May 2009. One is their dwindling representation in Parliament. The other is the slipping status of Jamia Millia Islamia as a minority institution. Read more
Anyone who has heard President Obama speak, and is not convinced of the possibility of a historical turning point, may safely regard himself to be a prophet of doom.
The President was in Saudi Arabia last week from where he went to make the big speech in Cairo (June 4, 2009). For full text of the speech, click here. Read more
There is an Osama bin Laden who some Muslims love. And there is Tariq Ramadan, who many Muslims swear by. I am one of them.
Forty-five-year-old Tariq Ramadan, professor of Islamic studies at Oxford University, is part-intellectual, part-reformist, part-controversial, but a full-on fundamentalist. “A fundamentalist,” he asks, “is one who relies on the fundamentals of what he believes in. So what’s wrong?” Read more