June 2010


I shall be in London next two days. Come say hi.

Fatwa No More

An essay by Professor Emeritus C.M. Naim, University of Chicago. A messenger brought me some news. It began: Darul Uloom Deoband, the self-appointed guardian for Indian Muslims, in a Talibanesque fatwa that reeked of tribal patriarchy, has decreed that it is “haram” and illegal according to the Sharia for a family to accept a woman's [...]

Around the Khyber Pass

David Bordwell, John Ford, silent man One headliner is the early Ford series: all his surviving silents, plus a selection of rarely-seen talkies. The first one screened, The Black Watch (1929), concentrates on the Khyber Pass incident of 1914. Captain King is assigned to India while the rest of his Scots regiment is sent to [...]

The Daughter of Islam

Pakistan's originary myth is tied to a spectacular episode - I have written about this here and here but, let me quote from a Social Studies Textbook for the sixth grade, used nationally in Pakistan: Before the dawn of Islam, the trade relations had been setup between India and the Arabs. The Muslims invaded the [...]

We Are All Ahmadi XI: Petition

I urge every reader to sign your name, begin at the beginning. To: Government of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gillani Senate Chairman Farooq Hamid Naek Speaker Fehmida Mirza Ambassador Hussain Haqqani Your Excellencies, The May 28th massacre of Ahmadis in Lahore is a tragic reminder of the state of siege [...]

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