“Maybe, yes, I am a diva.”
Meet Ali Saleem, known on Pakistani TV as Begum Nawazish Ali, hostess of a popular talk show. Mr. Saleem’s portrayal ... a middle-aged widow who, in glamorous saris and glittery diamonds, invites to her drawing room politicians, movie stars and rights advocates from Pakistan and India.
posted by amberglow
on Jan 3, 2007 -
Thieves, murderers, rapists; and how the Pushtuns' ancient tribal code is fighting for survival against radical Islam. via The Economist. More about Puhktuns and Puhktunistan and some history together with a brief explanation of Afghan ethnic groups. There is an interesting discussion of the main article on Sunni Forum.
posted by adamvasco
on Dec 28, 2006 -
What Makes a Muslim Radical?
Gallup polls 9000 Muslims in 9 countries and separates the Moderates from the Radicals. Most of the results are counter to "Conventional Wisdom". The most important stuff is on the last page of 5
, including the methodology for deciding who was radical and who was moderate (in small print)
. Let's all get out our copies of How to Lie With Statistics
and see if this survey is fatally flawed, shall we?
posted by wendell
on Nov 20, 2006 -
Sheikh Hilali, the mufti of Australia, has raised more than a few eyebrows when he declared that rape-victims are to blame
for tempting men: "If you take out uncovered meat and place it outside on the street, or in the garden or in the park and the cats come and eat it -- whose fault is it? The cats or the uncovered meat?" Needless to say, the mufti doesn't think the cats are to blame. Australians (including their PM) are not amused and call for the mufti to step down
. Even many Islamic women
think it's the mufti, and not the meat, that stinks. Others argue that at least the mufti (quickly christened the "rape cleric
" by some news outlets) will force Muslims to fess up and take a stand
on whether they really think that women are Satan's agents who incite rape with immodest dress.
The Sheikh himself found it wisest to go on a "self-imposed holiday
" to join the Hajj in Mecca, possibly to pray for attire with larger surface area, and left with the disingenuous remark that he might step down
if someone could "prove" what his *real* intentions were when he made his controversial comments.
posted by sour cream
on Oct 28, 2006 -
Both are open 24 hours a day, and serve as a "mecca" to their respective worshipers. One was ordained by Allah as a place of worship on Earth to reflect the house in Jannah called al-Baytu l-Maˤmur. The other was built by the house of Jobs to showcase Macs and iPods. Is Apple's Fifth Avenue Cube
(QTVR) mocking the Kaaba
? Some Islamic website thinks it's a new insult to Islam
posted by jaimev
on Oct 11, 2006 -
The age of horrorism. On the eve of the fifth anniversary of 9/11, Martin Amis analyses - and abhors - the rise of extreme Islamism. In a penetrating and wide-ranging essay he offers a trenchant critique of the grotesque creed and questions the West's faltering response to this eruption of evil.
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese
on Sep 19, 2006 -
cancers are so bad that I think I've arrived at the end
of the road. What a pity. I would like to live
not only because I love life so much, but because I'd like to see the result of the trial
. I do think I will be found guilty
posted by felix betachat
on Sep 15, 2006 -
The new GOP buzzword: Fascism.
President Bush in recent days has recast the global war on terror into a "war against Islamic fascism
." Fascism, in fact, seems to be the new buzz word for Republicans in an election season dominated by an unpopular war in Iraq. Donald H. Rumsfeld in a speech to an American Legion convention in Salt Lake City said [of his critics, they are] trying to appease "a new type of fascism."
Before it was
"cut and run
", which was tested using a focus group. On the Senate floor, Sen Hagel earlier decried the tactic: "Focus Group-Tested Buzz Words…Like ‘Cut and Run’…Debase the Seriousness of War." What will they come up with next?
posted by ArunK
on Aug 30, 2006 -
Ayten Ahmet is a 16 year old girl who wants to win the Miss Teen Australia Beauty pageant
[some links here possibly NSFW]. The problem is some of Australia's Muslim leaders, such as Melbourne cleric Sheik Mohammed Omran, have branded her entry into the competition as a "slur on Islam"
. Ayten doesn't know what all the fuss is about, saying
"As long as you present yourself well, respect yourself and respect others, that's what's important. Religion's not an issue." [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000
on Aug 27, 2006 -
is home to the Blue Mosque
and other buildings with their unique blue tiles
which are beautifully shown in photographs
by flickr's horizon
Esfahan is a world heritage site and is home to many examples of traditional Persian Architecture which is made up of eight traditional forms
which taken together form the foundation on which it was based in the same way that music
was once based on a finite number of notes.
posted by adamvasco
on Aug 10, 2006 -
Colors of Islam.
"Islam 1,400 years ago gave women the right to choose her own husband, have her own business and finances, the right to ask for divorce and control her own body."
posted by semmi
on Jul 16, 2006 -
Keep your balls in check: The Saved Sect Website
calls for Muslims to stop supporting The World Cup, as "[...]soccer plants the seeds of nationalism, and is therefore part of a 'colonial crusader scheme' to divide Muslims and cause them to stray from the vision of a unified Islamic identity."
posted by naxosaxur
on Jul 3, 2006 -
"Killing the Buddha
is about finding a way to be religious when we're all so self-conscious and self-absorbed. Knowing more than ever about ourselves and the way the world works, we gain nothing through nostalgia for a time when belief was simple, and even less from insisting that now is such a time. Killing the Buddha
will ask, How can we be religious without leaving part of ourselves at the church or temple door? How can we love God when we know it doesn't matter if we do? Call it God for the godless. Call it the search for a God we can believe in: A God that will not be an embarrassment in twelve-thousand years. A God we can talk about without qualifications." I particularly enjoyed The Temptation of Belief
, by a Buddhist exploring evangelical Christianity, and My Holy Ghost People
, by an unbelieving daughter in a praying-in-tongues family.
posted by heatherann
on Apr 24, 2006 -
Gay and Muslim groups getting together in the UK?
plans are to look at homophobia in the Muslim community and Islamophobia in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community
. The Muslim Council of Britain is also admitting that if you have nothing positive to say keep your mouth shut,
which is a very good first step. Can two groups often on the receiving end of hatred work together ? “British Muslims welcome working with everyone including members of the Lesbian and Gay community against a common enemy, fascism.”
I don't know if they have the likes of Michael Savage
there (or the many many others), who rail against (and call for the death of) both Muslims and gays on the airwaves daily, but it seems hopeful, no?
posted by amberglow
on Apr 19, 2006 -
The Beauty Academy of Kabul
is Liz Mermin's documentary about hairdressers from America teaching young women in Afghanistan how to beautify themselves. Could female self-expression and vanity be an impetus for more pervasive cultural transformation? In a related development, Nike has designed a sporty hijab
for use by Somali volleyball players. Whether it's an improvement over traditional variations
posted by mert
on Mar 20, 2006 -
is an intriguing and rather pretty website detailing contributions of a thousand years. Make sure to see the timeline
sections. Their new "weblog
" seems to be shaping up to be interesting too, have a rummage.
posted by Mossy
on Mar 6, 2006 -
An Australian Government Member of Parliament (MP) will be trying to amend a crucial piece of legislation
which, if the amendment is successful, will make it far harder (if not impossible) for Australian women to gain access to abortion drug RU486
because of fears that making it easier for women to access the drug will lead Australia down a path of Islamisation. "I've actually read in the Daily Telegraph where a certain imam from the Lakemba mosque actually said that Australia is going to be a Muslim nation in 50 years' time. I didn't believe him at the time but when you actually look at the birthrates... we are aborting ourselves almost out of existence."
Liberal MP Danna Vale
said today. Has she been reading Metafilter
posted by Effigy2000
on Feb 13, 2006 -
paved prophets house, put up a parking lot..
“What makes this demolition worse is the fact that the home of the Prophet is to make way for a parking lot, two 50-storey hotel towers and seven 35-storey apartment blocks; a project known as the Jabal Omar Scheme, all within a stone’s throw of the Grand Mosque. Yet despite this outrage, not a single Muslim country, no ayatollah, no mufti, no king, not even a Muslim Canadian imam has dared utter a word in protest. Such is the power of Saudi influence on the Muslim narrative.”
posted by zog
on Feb 11, 2006 -
great picture was taken in the French Pig-Squealing Championships. This
pic was alleged by Danish imams to be offensive to Muslims, and was included in the recent tour of the Middle East. The Brussels Journal
asks some pointed questions. The Beeb
belatedly explains - and (sorta) apologises.
posted by dash_slot-
on Feb 9, 2006 -
Apparently. Strange BBC piece on Christian Texans converting to Islam. I have a hard time believing these people don't eat pork.
posted by mosessmith
on Feb 2, 2006 -
...With the end of the cold war and the emergence of global networks in which goods, ideas and people circulate outside the language of citizenship, the fundamentalist fight for ideological states has lost influence... Muslim radicalism, by contrast, has moved beyond the language of citizenship to assume a global countenance, joining movements as different as environmentalism and pacifism in its pursuit of justice on a worldwide scale. Such movements are ethical rather than political in nature: they can neither predict nor control the global consequences of their actions...Spectral brothers: al-Qaida’s world wide web Snapshots of Faisal Devji's Landscapes of the Jihad are to be seen within
posted by y2karl
on Dec 8, 2005 -
The USC-MSA Compendium of Muslim Texts
is a very useful compilation of essays on various topics, searchable versions of the Qur'an
(uses three different translations) and hadith
(the sayings and traditions of the Prophet), and a glossary
(which is how I discovered the site, while trying to find a good reference for a comment on Falconetti's excellent Maniac Muslim post
). The first of the Ten Misconceptions About Islam
: "Islam is 'the religion of peace' because the Arabic word Islam
is derived from the Arabic word Al-Salaam
which means peace." Their response:
It might seem strange to think of this as a misconception, but in fact it is. The root word of Islam is al-silm which means "submission" or "surrender." It is understood to mean "submission to Allah." In spite of whatever noble intention has caused many a Muslim to claim that Islam is derived primarily from peace, this is not true.
As you can see, they care about accuracy, not just propaganda.
posted by languagehat
on Dec 6, 2005 -
On the night of Feb. 7, 2005
, Hatun Surucu, 23, was killed on her way to a bus stop in Berlin-Tempelhof
by several shots to the head and upper body, fired at point-blank range.
The investigation revealed that months before, she reported one of her brothers to the police for threatening her. Now three of her five brothers
are on trial for murder. According to the prosecutor, the oldest of them (25) acquired the weapon, the middle brother (24) lured his sister to the scene of the crime and the youngest (18) shot her.
Evidently, in the eyes of her brothers, Hatun Surucu's capital crime was that, living in Germany
, she had begun living like a German. In a statement to the Turkish newspaper Zaman, one brother noted that she had stopped wearing her head scarf, that she refused to go back to her family and that she had declared her intent to "seek out her own circle of friends."
posted by The Jesse Helms
on Dec 4, 2005 -
Quitting France: French Jews are leaving the country in ever-growing numbers, fleeing a wave of anti-Semitism. They are moving to Israel, the United States, and increasingly, Montreal -- where the mostly English-speaking Jewish community is preparing for its greatest demographic change in decades.
An interesting if slightly anecdotal look at the situation for Jewish people in France from Canada's National Post.
- Barricaded in Paris, Part 2
- Taking leave of 'the fear', Part 3 tomorrow deals with the impact of the influx of French Jews in Montreal.
posted by loquax
on Nov 21, 2005 -
is set to release a movie called Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World
. No doubt we'll be hearing more on that, but let us reserve judgement.
Meanwhile, for those who need persuading, here
are some links
concerning 13th century sufi
and funny man Nasruddin
His people are understandably proud and you can find a lot more of his stuff, probably better than what I've put up.
(This post prompted in part by Rumi post earlier today- for those who might be put off by the current trendiness of that most excellent poet.)
posted by IndigoJones
on Nov 5, 2005 -