Islam seems to be constantly at loggerheads with the West. Even before 11 September, Muslims were generally viewed as enemies of Western
freedom' andprogress’. Is there more to Islam than violence and bigotry, fanaticism and despotism, oil and turmoil? Can Islam, a great faith and civilization with a glorious history, reconcile itself with the 21st century?
In next month’s issue, the NI looks at how critically-minded Muslims everywhere are rethinking and reformulating Islam as a contemporary moral and ethical force. Muslim writers, thinkers and activists analyze the struggle within Islam for a more humane and holistic interpretation of their faith, examine the issues surrounding women, democracy and economic development, and suggest how we can move forward after 9-11.
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How can Africa transcend its ethnic inheritance? asks Ike Oguine.
What’s gone wrong? Why has Islam and its relation with the West become so fraught with violence and mistrust? Ziauddin Sardar takes a critical look at the current state of one of the world’s great faiths and charts a way out of a bloody impasse.
If you needed any reasons not to go to the cinema with a Maoist, here are some film reviews from the website of the Maoist International Movement (MIM):
How refugees rejected by banks are going it alone, by Reem Haddad.
Saudade do Futuro directed by Marie-Clemence and Cesar Paes
Amina Wadud seeks women’s rights in Islam – and finds them in the Qur’an.
The Video Activist Handbook by Thomas Harding
Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is not amused by Bangkok’s opinionated cabbies.
Mugabe: Power and Plunder in Zimbabwe by Martin Meredith
Kyrgyzstan was cobbled together in the 1920s and seems an uneasy mix of recently settled Kyrgyz nomads, sedentary Uzbeks and émigré Slavs and Germans.
The NI marks the Queen’s Golden Jubilee with a profile that neglects to tug a forelock.
An international body has ruled that governments are not allowed to trace the sources of their food’s genetic origins, unless a food turns out to be dangerous and the culprit is a modified gene.
Muslims have always travelled and been migrants. Ehsan Masood sees in the past lessons for today.
Islamic economics and ethical investment have much in common, argues M Iqbal Asaria.
Wild, barbaric, corrupt, fanatic and effete. Merryl Wyn Davies looks at the damage done by persistent Western images of Islam.
Loving my land, dying inside Poems on Malaysia by Anushka Anastasia Solomon.
Sharp Focus on Québecois director Robert Lepage.
Democratic regimes are thin on the ground in the Muslim world. Abdelwahab El-Affendi explores the reasons why.
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