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May 2002's Issue

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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Action!

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The Basics

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Building Bridges

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Currents

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Essay

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Good Company

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Keynote

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Keynote

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A'ishah's Legacy

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Letters

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Mixedmedia

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Kyrgyzstan

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View From The South

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Wilful Imaginings

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Elizabeth Ii

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Independent voices

Indymedia resistance in Zimbabwe.

Ethnic inheritance

How can Africa transcend its ethnic inheritance? asks Ike Oguine.

The Rough Guide to Bollywood

The Rough Guide to Bollywood

Islam: Resistance and reform

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.

Bahman Jalali

Bulletholes in Iran, photographed by Bahman Jalail.

The Warrior

The Warrior directed by Asif Kapadia.

Maoist International Movement

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):

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Muslims - the facts

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The ring of security

How refugees rejected by banks are going it alone, by Reem Haddad.

Saudade do Futuro

Saudade do Futuro directed by Marie-Clemence and Cesar Paes

Polyp's Big Bad World – May 2002

Cuckoo capitalism wets its nest.

A’ishah’s legacy

Amina Wadud seeks women’s rights in Islam – and finds them in the Qur’an.

Tigerland

Tamil rebels ready to talk

The Video Activist Handbook

The Video Activist Handbook by Thomas Harding

Cabbie conspiracy

Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is not amused by Bangkok’s opinionated cabbies.

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Mugabe: Power and Plunder in Zimbabwe

Mugabe: Power and Plunder in Zimbabwe by Martin Meredith

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan was cobbled together in the 1920s and seems an uneasy mix of recently settled Kyrgyz nomads, sedentary Uzbeks and émigré Slavs and Germans.

Islam - The basics

What does Islam really stand for?

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Tree-sitters

Ecuadorian schoolchildren fight the oil pipeline.

Elizabeth II

The NI marks the Queen’s Golden Jubilee with a profile that neglects to tug a forelock.

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Heaven's Edge

Heaven’s Edge by Romesh Gunesekera

Action!

Books, websites and organizations.

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Mystery ingredient

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.

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Building bridges

Muslims have always travelled and been migrants. Ehsan Masood sees in the past lessons for today.

Good company

Islamic economics and ethical investment have much in common, argues M Iqbal Asaria.

Wilful imaginings

Wild, barbaric, corrupt, fanatic and effete. Merryl Wyn Davies looks at the damage done by persistent Western images of Islam.

Key moments of Islamic civilization

From 570 A.D. to 2050

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Loving my land, dying inside

Loving my land, dying inside Poems on Malaysia by Anushka Anastasia Solomon.

Sharp Focus on Robert Lepage

Sharp Focus on Québecois director Robert Lepage.

Digdig

Digdig by René Lacaille and Bob Brozman.

US cyber-waste dumped in Asia

US cyber-waste dumped in Asia.

Rubber

Rubber

Do Muslims deserve democracy?

Democratic regimes are thin on the ground in the Muslim world. Abdelwahab El-Affendi explores the reasons why.

Shifu, You'll Do Anything for a Laugh

Shifu, You’ll Do Anything for a Laugh by Mo Yan.

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