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October 2009

Thirty years after the Iranian Revolution, political Islam is at a crossroads. But is the Islamic Republic really Islamic? Writer and broadcaster Ziauddin Sardar explains why he thinks it most definitely is not.

Who is funding Islamic extremism? Nafeez Ahmed gives the lowdown on support for ‘our terrorists’ – and it goes beyond the usual suspects.

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Travesty

Where did the controversial idea of the ‘Islamic state’ come from? *Ziauddin Sardar* traces its origins.

Rishte

An album with a range of references stretching from a lazy Delta blues to the yearnings of Urdu devotionals. By *Najma Akhtar*...

From the edge

A gay Iraqi, a Jewish Iranian and a Saudi feminist tell their stories

Judy Sucks a Lemon for Breakfast

Guitars blast, synthesizers go mad and a group of gospel harmonizers strain for the heavens as sitar strings twang. By *...

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