Saudi Arabia’s execution on Jan. 2 of an outspoken Shi’ite cleric who called for the overthrow of the Saudi royal family triggered international condemnation and set off protests throughout the Middle East. Demonstrators stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran and set the building on fire. Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, ratcheted up the rhetoric,… Read more »
The Shia killing has brought home the chilling message of the arrival of “terrorism” as few have done before. In whatever shape or form we wish to see, it has ended the sense of social and political innocence in Bangladesh. The Shias were hardly on the list of enemies in Bangladesh worth killing. But a… Read more »
The expanding Shia-Sunni conflict in the Muslim world is exposing vast gaps in popular understanding of the schism. For example when Zine El Abedine Ben Ali, the Tunisian strongman was ousted, people thought a Shia dictator had fallen
The world of Islam with more than 1500 million adherents spread over almost all the continents of the world is not in a very happy state.
As we celebrate Eid through food, prayer and animal sacrifice, we are reminded of the impact of religion and its symbols in our life, spiritual and secular. Yet there are crossovers too such as when religious principles affect secular matters such as marriage and inheritance laws which are a mix of both streams.
Dismissing practices against witches as a thing of the past would be a proof of humanity’s state of denial. Even today one is bound to find at least one act of unjustified cruelty against a fellow human. Human beings have not changed since the burning of witches. They have become smarter. They have learned to… Read more »