Politics of Radicalisation: How the Maldives Fail to Stem Violent Extremism

Azim Zahir argues that when it comes to states like the Maldives that are gripped by political turmoil, there is a politics of radicalisation that further aggravates the issue. Unless this politics of radicalisation is managed, it will be difficult to address real issues of religious radicalisation and violent-Islamisation of non-religious radicals as the Maldives case shows.


Controversy over the number of martyrs is Pointless

Dr. Shafiul Alam Bhuiyan explains why it is a counterproductive approach for Bangladesh’s major opposition party– BNP to raise questions about the number of martyrs of Bangladesh’s liberation war taken place in 1971. He argues that it is unheard of mainstream politicians in anywhere in the world to challenge popularly accepted notions related to the Liberation War.


Waiting for Allah’s ‘Bichar’ (Justice): A despairing note on Bangladesh’s politicized, inept and corrupt criminal justice system

In recent times, the Muslim majority Bangladesh has witnessed a rising spate in cases of unsolved rape, murder, kidnapping, enforced disappearances of political opponents, extrajudicial killings, plunder of national assets etc. etc. Against this backdrop, Adil Khan argues that, most have resigned to fatalism and believe that they have no option but to wait for Allah’s ‘bichar’ (judgement) on the ‘Roj Hashorer Din’ or ‘Yawm al-Qiyāmah’, the Final Day of Judgement when Allah will punish the guilty and reward the righteous.


The Commandments of Islam – A Qur’anic Summary

Dr. Simon Leitch explains what is inside of his new book “The Commandments of Islam: A Qur’anic Summary” . In his view, the Qur’an is one of the most important and controversial books ever written, yet the vast majority of people have never read it. Through his new book, Dr. Letich tries to understand is Quran the work of a dangerous radical, a divine message from the God of Abraham, or a liberal and peaceful doctrine worthy of all humanity?


Apple, Surveillence Technology, and the Police State

Jon Kofas argues that Apple’s rejection of a court order to provide a code to unlock its phones is a cynical ploy to maintain its technological secrets and market share. It is not about privacy. Apple is well-known for its data mining and has been working with governments to intercept private communications for a long time, but this is the first time that the government’s request will potentially affect Apple’s market share.


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