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An Instructive Absurdity

Feb 3rd, 2013 | By | Category: Latest, Pakistan, Religion
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Much has been written about the Theatre of the Absurd in Islamabad on the Ides of January. I wouldn’t dignify it with comment on the agenda, the proceedings, the success or the lack of it. But I am interested in examining how it could have happened, with the support of the many thousands who braved […]



Maryam Jameelah: ‘With An Eyeful of Madina’s Dust’

Nov 7th, 2012 | By | Category: Latest, Pakistan, World
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“You have to read these”, my friend compelled me, giving me a couple of yellowed, printed-long-ago sort of books. That gave me my first glimpse into the fascinating life and inspiring works of Maryam Jameelah. Born as Margaret Marcus into an American Jewish family who cared little for religion and were active believers in the […]



A Method in The Madness?

Oct 21st, 2012 | By | Category: Latest, Pakistan
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Attacking a girl who expressed her will to educate herself and others like her is a crime most heinous is something every right-minded human being would assent to. There is, quite unsurprisingly therefore, an absolute consensus among Pakistanis and the rest of the world about the reprehensibility of the act_ and that certainly tells us […]



Ishq e Rasool – Let’s talk about it

Sep 24th, 2012 | By | Category: Latest, Pakistan, Religion, World
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That a thirteen-minute long tawdry inanity from a dubious manic character could trigger off an uproar both from the emotionally and psychologically volatile fundamentalist groups as well as from states and governments is something that needs talking about. Complex social trends are taking over, quite beyond taming- a plethora of forces, factors, ideas and ideologies […]



Such a little thing

Jul 31st, 2012 | By | Category: Latest, Pakistan, Religion, Social
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I felt the freshness in the air; of the evening merging slowly into those blessed first moments of the first night of Ramadan. I felt the vigour in my step as I walked out the gate just after the pre-Ramadan study circle in my neighbourhood had finished. We had studied a collection of Hadith on […]



A Profane Spirituality

Jul 23rd, 2012 | By | Category: Latest, Pakistan, Religion
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Pakistani private television channels glamorously sport sensational televangelists to satiate the public appetite for spirituality amidst tawdry entertainment galore. The trend rockets in Ramadan when popular media faces don sobriety in cotton shalwar kameezes of subdued hues, skull caps and most alluring beaded scarves and chiffon dupattas. It sells! This year once again we have […]



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