From Polarization Towards Extremism – Pakistan’s Gradual Progression

Hassan Saleem Awan @hsawanFebruary 05, 2023 Polarization is a global phenomenon. Along political, ethnic, religious, sectarian, linguistic, and cultural lines — it has eroded social cohesion and heightened tensions and mistrust. It is propelling the country into an abyss of extremism. Polarization originates from historical tensions, the absence of a shared national identity and common goals and a strong binding force while political exploitation, manipulation and economic inequality are the factors that accelerate this propelling. These divisions, characterized by deep-rooted feelings of mistrust, animosity, deprivation, oppression, and hostility between different groups and localities are, certainly, leading to increased conflicts and … Continue reading From Polarization Towards Extremism – Pakistan’s Gradual Progression

Why Read The Warrior Prophet: Muhammad ﷺ and War?

The Warrior Prophet: A Look into Muhammad’s Use of Warfare as a Transformational Tool The recently released book The Warrior Prophet: Muhammad ﷺ and War by Professor Joel Hayward has sparked interest in the understanding of the Holy Prophet’s use of warfare as a transformational tool. Professor Joel is a scholar of Islam and is considered to be one of the world’s 500 most influential Muslims. In his new book, he sets out to investigate what the early Arabic sources reveal about the Prophet’s capacity and aptitude for using warfare for societal and religious purposes. What sets The Warrior Prophet … Continue reading Why Read The Warrior Prophet: Muhammad ﷺ and War?

To engage or not engage. Hindus and Muslims suss each other out

by James M. Dorsey Thank you to all who have demonstrated their appreciation for my column by becoming paid subscribers. This allows me to ensure that it continues to have maximum impact. Maintaining free distributions means that news website, blogs, and newsletters across the globe can republish it. I launched my column, The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer, 12 years ago. To borrow a phrase from an early proprietor of The Observer, it offers readers, listeners, and viewers ‘the scoop of interpretation.’ If you are able and willing to support the column, please become a paid subscriber by clicking … Continue reading To engage or not engage. Hindus and Muslims suss each other out

The Prophet Muhammad & Sun Tzu

The Prophets Strategies of War: Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) employed a variety of military strategies during his lifetime. Some of these strategies include: It’s important to note that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) emphasized on the importance of preserving human lives and avoiding unnecessary bloodshed. He also forbade the killing of non-combatants, women, children and the elderly, and he also forbade the destruction of crops and properties. Similarities & Differences with Sun Tzu: Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and Sun Tzu, the author of “The Art of War,” both employed a variety of military strategies to … Continue reading The Prophet Muhammad & Sun Tzu

Nietzsche & Iqbal: Ubermensch and Khudi

“In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule” – Friedrich Nietzsche This means that individuals may act differently when part of a group. This is not unique to Nietzsche’s philosophy. Islam emphasizes the importance of individuals taking responsibility for their own actions and the dangers of following a group or leader without using reason and critical thinking. Islam encourages individuals to think and reflect on the teachings of the Quran, and to make decisions based on their own understanding of the teachings, rather than blindly following the beliefs or actions of a … Continue reading Nietzsche & Iqbal: Ubermensch and Khudi

Experts grade Facebook, TikTok, Twitter, YouTube on readiness to handle midterm election misinformation

Dam Hee Kim, University of Arizona; Anjana Susarla, Michigan State University, and Scott Shackelford, Indiana University The 2016 U.S. election was a wake-up call about the dangers of political misinformation on social media. With two more election cycles rife with misinformation under their belts, social media companies have experience identifying and countering misinformation. However, the nature of the threat misinformation poses to society continues to shift in form and targets. The big lie about the 2020 presidential election has become a major theme, and immigrant communities are increasingly in the crosshairs of disinformation campaigns – deliberate efforts to spread misinformation. … Continue reading Experts grade Facebook, TikTok, Twitter, YouTube on readiness to handle midterm election misinformation