Takfir and terrorism – Tahir Kamran

Like khalafah, umma, jihad and shahadat, takfir has attained a wide currency in modern day Muslim discourse. For analysts, takfir has a peculiar specificity, especially when referring to modern day proponents of revivalist Islam. Takfir denotes excommunication or declaration of a person or group of people to be non-Muslim. Although the instances of takfir canContinue reading “Takfir and terrorism – Tahir Kamran”

Diversity, Peace and the Future of Leadership in the United States

The world today, more than ever, is in need of leaders who could work towards weaving and achieving a shared vision of diversity and peace, a vision that could in turn enable an inclusive notion of prosperity. History has shown that an enduring peace is possible only through reconciliation, equality and justice, not through divisiveness,Continue reading “Diversity, Peace and the Future of Leadership in the United States”

Role of education in countering extremism and intolerance

Dr. Jawad Syed recently spoke with the newspaper, Pakistan Today, about “Role of Education in Countering Extremism and Intolerance”. He spoke about the importance of tolerance in educational institutes and sharing of knowledge, belief and ideas without conflict. On April 13, 2017, Mashal Khan, 23, a student at the Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan wasContinue reading “Role of education in countering extremism and intolerance”

The Rise of the Radicals – The Narrative of Terror Hides Behind its Ideologues – Catherine Shakdam

The 2016 BBC documentary on Deobandis in the UK exposed what many of us knew all along. That the Muslim communities in the United Kingdom are not a monolithic and that there are some schools of thoughts that dominate terrorist violence and intolerance, while other Muslims are held collectively responsible. Most disturbingly, the vast and significant networkContinue reading “The Rise of the Radicals – The Narrative of Terror Hides Behind its Ideologues – Catherine Shakdam”

From Karachi to San Bernardino: In Quest of an Alternative Discourse on Terrorism

Author: Jawad Syed Cross posted from The Huffington Post In the aftermath of the Paris and San Bernardino attacks, the world can no longer afford apologist and politically correct discourses on terrorism. During my recent trip to Pakistan to attend an international educational and cultural conference in Karachi, I had an interesting discussion on theContinue reading “From Karachi to San Bernardino: In Quest of an Alternative Discourse on Terrorism”