Profile of Arshad Alam
Rather than providing avenues and spaces which can promote critical thinking and a questioning attitude towards issues of hierarchy and gender bias, AMU actually ends up reinforcing it.
Sakshi Maharaj, the BJP MP from Unnao, is only reiterating the long held beliefs of his party on madrasas. But for those who still have some regard for facts, here are some
That is what the BJP's minority affairs minister had to say when questioned about the outrage perpetrated by the Shiv Sena MPs in the heart of Delhi. Where's the justice? Who is being appeased?
That Penguin has decided to pulp Wendy Doniger's The Hindus should come as no surprise...
The dictatorial and anti-academic attitude of the Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia has neither attracted media attention nor elicited any discussion within the teaching community
Why is there a deafening sound of silence at the ease with which the government capitulated to the demand for exempting madrasas from the provisions of the Right to Education (RTE) Act?
We need to understand Deoband first if we wish to view the recent controversy regarding Maulana Ghulam Mohammad Vastanvi in perspective.
A whole range of self-appointed guardians of Muslims took it upon themselves to turn Jamia Millia University into a minority institution. Did they even think through the implications?
Muslims in the Arab world have had enough of their dictators. One hopes that l'affaire Vastanvi would lead to Indian Muslims in general and Deoband students in particular to start articulating a similar demand
Contrary to what many commentators have written, the mood on the Muslim street is not one of betrayal but a positive acceptance of the judgment as a respectable way forward towards an amicable solution.
A sectarian contest within the Muslim community --a quest to establish Barelwi supremacy over the Deobandis -- escalates and ignites the simmering animosity between Hindus and Muslims in the sleepy, small city in UP
The failed attempt on the life of the Danish cartoonist, Kurt Westergaard, once again raises issues of intellectual dissent and the nature of blasphemy in Islam.
Whatever be Mr Arjun Singh's motivations in 2006, this time around it is the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind -- or more correctly, the struggle over its leaders
There have been demands for the entire Muslim community to be categorized as a backward class, ignoring the internal differences among Muslims -- exactly what the report probes by looking at the question of caste, which has long being dismissed by e
It was rather rich of the VHP to ask the Deoband madrasa if Muslims regard India as their homeland. But, even more dubious was Deoband actually replying to such a question asked with an obvious malicious intent.
So we have yet another attempt to form a Muslim political front just before the Lok Sabha elections -- this time led by Ulama located in various madrasas in Eastern Uttar Pradesh, particularly Azamgarh...
Without spending a penny, the government wants to show the Muslims that it is doing something for them -- its move to legally recognise madrasa degrees is a regressive and measure that was tried, with disastrous results, in Pakistan by the Zia ul Haq
The so-called Indian Mujahideen wants to gain Muslim sympathy by stating again and again that it is fighting against the RSS and Bajrang Dal. However, in equating RSS with the Hindus, it becomes the most ardent supporter of its avowed enemy.
Does anyone remember the e-mail purportedly sent by 'Indian Mujahidin' and signed by 'Guru al-Hindi' that claimed responsibility for the ghastly killings caused by the Jaipur blasts?
Far from suggesting ways to bring madrasa students into the educational mainstream, by way of a model through which religious and non-religious subjects can be integrated into a well meaning whole, the government's programme merely gives some funds a
A singular understanding of the veil in Europe as a symbol of exclusion is deeply problematic. It should also be seen as a desire for inclusion with a difference.
While it is important to recognize that Indian madrasas are not related to terrorism, this should not be stretched too far to mean that nothing is wrong with them.
Why is it that the Muslims only raise a hue and cry when the perpetrators of violence happen to be America or Israel but choose to look the other way when Muslim regimes do the same?
Despite the attempts of a section of media and the Hindu Right to paint the Muslims as a monolithic community, the recent incident in Moradabad unravels the deep divisions within Muslims. Time for ordinary Muslims to question the interpretation of th