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PAKISTAN FROM A LAND OF RELIGIOUS HARMONY TO RELIGIOUS BIGOTRY - by Asif Zaidi

I am often astounded by the amount of religiosity on display in the present day Pakistan.

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DON'T TAKE 'NOW' FOR GRANTED: that's all we have (by Asif Zaidi)

With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony

and the deep power of joy

we see into the heart of things.

William Wordsworth

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MUSLIMS AND THE WEST (by Asif Zaidi)

The West and Islam have had an uneasy relationship for a very long time, which dates from even before the Muslims appeared on the world stage as the conquerors and led to the horrifying Crusades. Both developed a rhetoric against each other in order to define oneself by reviling the other.

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Pakistan: Massive destruction – little sympathy (by Rizwan Haider)

The present floods in Pakistan are turning into a tragedy of a massive scale. We are not yet fully aware of the full extent of damage and disaster.

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SHARIA LAW: A NEED TO REASSESS (by Asif Zaidi)

Most Muslims regard Sharia as a perfect and divinely ordained religious-ethical-legal system. In their view Sharia relates a Muslim individual and society to God’s will and purpose by pronouncing wide-ranging edicts in both private and public spheres of human life in the matters that are between a person and God as well as those that are between a person and fellow humans.

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MUSLIM SOCIETY AND WOMEN (by Asif Zaidi)

FOREWORD: As we address this subject, a thinking mind has to acknowledge that there is no archetypical Muslim woman. There are hundreds of millions of them scattered across the globe.

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THE EMERGING ORDER (by Asif Zaidi)

PREAMBLE: When Antoine van Agtmael coined the term “emerging markets” in 1981 as an upbeat alternative to “the third world” or “the developing world”, he could not have imagined how prescient he would prove to be.

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A Perspective on Muslims’ Current Situation (by Asif Zaidi)

Muslim ideologues, especially during the past few decades, have espoused a passion to make two assertions. One, religiously they are the superior people on the earth. Two, they are chosen by Allah to wage war to eradicate evil from the world and to invite non-Muslims to embrace Islam.

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