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Post-Islamism PDF Print E-mail

The future of Islamic reform lies with post-Islamism - a recognition that politics rather than religion provides for welfare in this life.

There is universal consensus that Muslim dictatorships, supported by the west, are the root of evil. They destroy political culture, kill extra-judicially and their repression foments violence.

The primary opponents of these dictators are the populist Islamists. They want to vote; except after voting they want to appoint an extra-constitutional body of clerics to strike down legislation they do not approve of.

Faced with only these two options - dictators or elected theocrats - in Muslim majority countries, the usual reaction by westerners is to throw their hands up in frustration and opt for apathy or give into a militaristic pessimism. These are both uninformed reactions. They fail to take into account the future of Islamic reform, which lies with the emergence of a post-Islamist political order in the Muslim majority world.

Post-Islamism is at hand because a new crop of Muslims have figured out how to reconcile liberal democracy with Islam. Upon doing so, they give up on creating religious organisations devoted to "da'wa" (Islamic evangelism) and move towards becoming organised as civil-political parties with platforms based on equality and pluralism. Incidentally, part of the credit for the popularity of post-Islamism goes to the theocratic Islamists. In their eagerness to merge religion with politics, they thought the result would be religion. Instead, the devout middle class realised that religion alone could not provide for their social concerns. Post-Islamism, thus, is the recognition that while religion may provide salvation in the next life, politics is what provides for welfare in this one. It is, at its barest, politics subsuming religion.

 
Democratization of The Muslim World PDF Print E-mail

Turkey, a great nation that had once led the Muslim ummah under the Caliphate system may yet hold the key to the major problems afflicting the Muslim world today.  Islam is being revitalized in a country that is well prepared for acceptance in the modern world.  If Islam becomes accepted in the West and the rest of the world, it is the adaptation of Islam to democratic values under the leadership of Recep Tayyip Erdogan that is mainly responsible.

 
ICC rules out case against Sudan's President PDF Print E-mail

ICC judges have ruled there was insufficient evidence to support the charges of 'genocide' against Sudan President Omar Al-Bashir.

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Was Hamas the Work of Israel’s Mossad? PDF Print E-mail

Khaleej Times Online >> News >> OPINION - 4 March 2009
By: Ramzy Baroud

While various Western governments are struggling to define a possible relationship with the Palestinian movement Hamas, some progressive and leftist circles are also uneasy regarding their own perception of the Islamic movement. Some have in fact made the claim that Hamas is, more or less, an Israeli concoction.
 
Israel's right to defend itself PDF Print E-mail

Joseph Massad, The Electronic Intifada, 20 January 2009  

Common Western political wisdom has it that when Western countries support Israeli military action against Arab countries or the Palestinian people, they do so because they support Israel's right to defend itself against its enemies.

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Palestinians inspect a mosque in Gaza City destroyed by Israel during its 22 days of attacks on the Gaza Strip that killed more than 1,300 Palestinians, 18 January 2009
 

This has always been established wisdom in Israel itself, even before the colonial settlement was thestablished, wherein its predatory army is ironically named the Israel Defense Forces, not unlike the South African apartheid army, which was also known as the South African Defense Forces. This defensive nomenclature is hardly exclusive to Israel and South Africa, as many countries rushed after World War II to rename their Ministries of "War" as Ministries of "Defense." Still, Israel's allegedly defensive actions define every single war the colonial settlement has ever engaged in, even and especially when it starts these wars, which it has done in all cases except in 1973.

Thus the war of 1948 which Zionist militias started against e Palestinian people on 30 November 1947, a day after a Western-controlled United Nations General Assembly issued the Partition Plan, is presented as "defensive," as was its expulsion of about 400,000 Palestinians before 15 May 1948, i.e. before the day on which three Arab armies (the Egyptian, Syrian, and Iraqi armies) invaded the area that became Israel (Lebanon hardly had an army to invade with and hardly managed to retrieve two Lebanese villages that Israel had occupied, and Jordanian forces only entered the areas designated by the UN plan for the Palestinian state, and East Jerusalem which was projected to fall under UN jurisdiction).

 

 
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