An extract from ‘The Islamic Connection: South Asia and the Gulf’, edited by Christophe Jaffrelot and Laurence Louër.
The apex court wishes to ascertain her mental health and whether she had given free consent to her marriage.
Community leaders of Faisalabad have forbidden Ahmadis from taking part in electoral and parliamentary politics since 1974 when they were declared non-Muslims.
The widely scattered houses of the Palestinian town of Al-Auja dot the slopes on either side of Wadi Auja. Three or four Bedouin families live in each such tiny point.
While the potters comprise only Muslims, they deal primarily with Hindu wholesale dealers who truck away pots in bulk.
The politicisation of Islam has increased as Prime Minister Najib Razak’s ruling party seeks to appease more-fundamentalist elements to secure its large, rural Malay vote bank.
Two police cases and a raft of dodgy tweets are part of Anantkumar Hegde’s political legacy.
Muslims have made contributions in arts, sciences and public life, but as citizens and not specifically as members of a community.
Despite mass rallies by radical Muslims and the jailing of a Christian politician for blasphemy, Joko Widodo maintained that Indonesia practices pluralism.
King Salman bin Abdulaziz ordered the columnist’s suspension because giving individuals any of the 99 names of God is discouraged by the Sunni kingdom.
The gathering of almost 500 female religious scholars in Indonesia in the world’s first Female Clerics Congress shows Muslim women’s fight for equality.
Donald Trump avoided many of the missteps his critics feared, but he failed to acknowledge the presence of the country’s large Muslim population and its contribution to American society.
In this turbulent time, the Kashmiri society and the Indian state need to form a mutually interdependent and harmonising communion rather than a confronting polarity.
Religion has evolved with Homo sapiens. It will likely fade away with further evolution when we have better regulation of our emotions and more refined ways of handling stress.
Purnama’s two-year harsh imprisonment prompts warnings of Islam creeping into the politics and judiciary of the secular nation.
The long-held view that women need protection from the outside world, where their respectability is endangered is changing, as women take on greater responsibilities and activities.
Anies Baswedan won the race for Jakarta governor after a highly polarising campaign indicating the politics of religion is becoming a potent force.
In conversation with Egyptian journalist Mona Eltahawy on Islam, the hijab, human rights and sex.
An excerpt from Rahul Sankrityayan’s Tumhari Kshay, on why he thinks people must put humanity above religion.
Four others were wounded during the attack on Sunday morning at the shrine on the edge of Sargodha, a remote town in the Punjab region.
Muslim students visiting an Oklahoma lawmaker’s office in the state capitol were required to fill out a form that asked if they beat their wives and other questions that offended them, an Islamic advocacy group said.
Rereading Allama Iqbal’s ‘Naya Shivala’ at Shivaratri, one is struck by the poet’s philosophical insights.
While the Qutb Minar is celebrated as a historic and architectural icon, the Quwwat ul-Islam is seen as haunting evidence of destruction, trauma and fanaticism.
Trump the businessman is at war with Trump the ideologue over the question of Islam.
Pakistan’s rich visual and poetic culture is expressed every day on walls, rickshaws and buses. As the country struggles to offer solace to its people, they carry its narratives and emotions.
A growing number of Rohingya girls are becoming victims of human traffickers, who sell them to Rohingya men as child brides in neighbouring Malaysia.
For years its half a million Muslims have resorted to praying in hundreds of makeshift sites, in crowded basements or dark warehouses targeted by racist attackers.
Religious radicalism is an offspring of deprivation, alienation and despair by people who find options for improving their lives increasingly difficult to come by.
Morocco’s recent burqa ban highlights tensions between radical Salafists and a moderate Islamic government that has taken steps to further women’s rights.
Aamir Liaquat Hussain, whose program airs on Bol TV accused liberal activists and others of blasphemy putting their lives at risk.
In the US, the teaching of Islam is often limited to its religious practice. How Christians, Jews and Muslims borrowed freely from each other in the realm of art, music and literature is seldom discussed.
Female genital cutting is common among many communities in the country. The use of movies that debate this question could change people’s opinions about the practice.
With rising nationalism premised on religious identity on both sides of the border, religious minorities have to constantly prove their Pakistani- or Indian-ness.
Open societies today have become susceptible to misinformation that instigates intimidation, discrimination and violence against vulnerable groups, even in strong democracies with press freedom and a vibrant marketplace of ideas.
Dominique was part of a small group of scholars working on the shared and overlapping cultures of Hindus and Muslims in the subcontinent.
While the Russian media has a clear pro-Trump bias and the Arab media has shown a strong preference for Clinton, the Chinese media have consistently focused on the weaknesses of both candidates.
If at all extremism is to be defeated, Muslims must work sincerely by placing Islam at the centre of their arguments – just as extremists use ‘religion’ with impunity to meet their own narrow agenda.
Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the world of Islam must reconsider Saudi Arabia’s management of Mecca and Medina and the issue of haj.
The West is not the part of the world most threatened by ISIS. Countries in the Middle East will have to keep their own house in order – with less corruption, a better distribution of income and fair policing.
A two-judge division bench of the high court said that women should be allowed to enter the Haji Ali dargah along with men and asked the Maharashtra government to ensure safety for the women.