» 05/27/2010, 00.00
INDIA – ISLAM
Enough with fatwas that betray the spirit of Islam, Islamic expert says
After a fatwa is issued, saying that women must wear a veil in public places, a debate on Islam and Qur‘anic laws begins in India. Ashgar Ali Engineer, of the Centre for Study of Society and Secularism, tells AsiaNews that Islam needs its own Renaissance.
Muslim women can move forwards wearing the veil
A few days ago, Muslims in Karnataka took to the streets to protest the publication of an article against the Islamic veil by the ‘Kannada Prabha’ newspaper, ostensibly by well know writer Taslima Nasreen. Because of her liberal views on Islam, she has been living in exile for the past 16 years. The unrest left two people dead, and 50 injured; it also caused anger and fear among the State’s Hindu population. Asghar Ali Engineer, a Muslim and head of the Centre for Study of Society and Secularism, tells Indians about the struggle Muslim women are engaged in for their rights. He accuses Indian newspapers of distorting reality, something that is preventing a real reform of Islam.
Asghar Ali Engineer, a voice for dialogue between Christianity and Islam, is dead
The intellectual died in Mumbai at the age of 74 after a long illness. A Muslim who was a friend of AsiaNews, he carried out a relentless fight "against all forms of religious bigotry."
Central Java: Islamic radicalism on the rise in Solo mosques
The city is a hub of Islamic extremism. It was also the birthplace of radical Islamist leader Abu Bakar Bashir as well as the refuge of Malaysian terrorism Noordin Top. A radical version of Islam and self-imposed exclusivism favours spread of radicalism.
Kashmir: Islamic groups pressuring Sikhs to convert
Anonymous letters are sent to local Sikhs, calling on them to embrace the fight for Kashmir. For Ali Ashgar Engineer, an Indian Muslim, Pakistani terrorists are behind the missives. For Predhuman Joseph Dhar, a Kashmiri convert to Catholicism, the issue is religious. Extremists want to islamise the Kashmir.
11/05/2009 INDIA – HOLY LAND
Pope’s trip to the Holy Land helps peace and dialogue, says Indian Muslim scholar
For Asghar Ali Engineer the Pope’s trip will increase “brotherhood among the nations.” Confessional divisions are not caused by religion, but by its “political use.” He extends his best wishes to the Christians of the Middle East.
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