Zerin Nusrat critically examines the proposed bill “Quebec Charter of Values” introduced by the governing Parti Québécois (PQ) in Quebec, Canada. If the bill is passed, it would “prohibit public sector employees from wearing or displaying conspicuous religious symbols.” This will create disadvantage for hijab wearing Muslim women living in Quebec. Nusrat argues that this proposed bill is a manifestation of Islamophobia. She further criticises ‘patriarchal feminists’ including the superstar Celine Dion who supports the bill to liberate Muslim women from male patriarchy from a wrong assumption that Muslim women in Quebec have no agency in wearing Hijab.
Luci West* Love & Biryani It is nearing almost 2 years since I discovered two of what I consider, possibly some of the best kept secrets of Pakistani culinary culture (as available in Brisbane), desi ghee (butter on steroids) and Achar Gosht Shan masala mix (the easiest dish to […]
Maggie Gilewicz, PhD* Ahhhh love…. I do know about love and I don’t know about love. Both statements are true. I don’t know about love because I cannot claim to know about something that I consider to be infinite. I don’t know about love because my knowledge of […]
Love is spiritual. It is a spiritual feelings that “rips through our soul like a powerful hurricane, uprooting our usual attachment and habits. It causes joy as well as pain, ecstasy as well as longing. ” What is the spiritual significance of true love? Using an example of true love between a woman and a blind man in London, Mubashar Hasan, explains the divine aspect of true love.
Naureen ponders the deeper meaning of love in the lead up to the most globalised commercial event expressing love – Valentine’s Day. Let us observe love not only for a month, week, or just one calendar day. Yes, let us observe V-day, but let us also keep in mind not to make the other 364 days redundant of love. Let us not keep love confined to a specific time or bounded to one context.
With a current collective of 28 member states, the European Union embodies an innate sense of European nationalism. However, as the author, Mazida Khatun discusses, there is a deep element of doubt in this, particularly from Britain. This is a discussion of one identity in a diverse collective.
The current conflict between the Shia and Sunni factions has seen Jihad being used and manipulated by both sides to give a religious legitimation to their ongoing violent acts. Since the attacks of 9/11 as well as many other Middle Eastern regions, Iraq has been at the centre of Shia Sunni conflict. The centrality of Iraq with Islamic history is important to acknowledge as this was the place where Imam Hussain was martyred by one of Yaseed’s soldiers Muawiyyah, in the battle of Karbala. Therefore, Iraq, can be argued to have been a site of turbulent sectarian violence between Shia and Sunni factions, not only throughout history, but in the twenty-first century as well, which has thus resulted in the use of Jihad as the ‘choice of religious justification’ to be used.