Faith and Peace Newsletter - 31/7/10
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► Anwar: A Story from Pattani
At the School of Peace (SOP) conducted by Interfaith Cooperation Forum (ICF) in Bangalore, India, earlier this year, the author, a Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) intern based in Hanoi, met Anwar, a young Muslim participant from southern Thailand. In this article, the author shares this profile of Anwar, who believes he was arrested and detained in prison five years ago because of his faith. [Read more]
► Please Tell Me What Can I Do to Help?
Joy Le Nguyen
Returning to her homeland, a Vietnamese immigrant to the United States shares her reflections and the questions that bubble up inside of her during her visit home. [Read more]
► Religious Minorities Targeted by Rise in Nationalist and Extremist Groups in South Asia—New Report
Minority Rights Group
A new annual report by this London-based international NGO focuses on the threats that religious minorities face around the world today, especially in the wake of the tragedy of 9/11 in the United States and the ensuing “war on terror” that governments in all parts of the globe have unleashed in the past nine years regardless of their political or religious underpinnings. This press release by the organization summarizes the contents of the report for South Asia. [Read more]
► Blood of Humans and Existence of God
Dr. A. R. M. Imtiyaz
The author shares through poety his abhorrence to the suicide bomb attack that took the lives of pilgrims at a Sufi shrine in Lahore, Pakistan, on July 1, 2010. [Read more]
► Speech on the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.s.) (and Message of Islam)
The writer not only provides greater understanding of Islam through this seventh century speech to a Christian king by an early convert to Islam but also about relationships between people of different faiths 14 centuries ago. [Read more]
► Dialogue Demands More Courage Than War
Listening is one of the casualties of conflict, according to the author. In this article, he comments on the attack of Israeli military forces on May 31, 2010, on the Freedom Flotilla that was seeking to deliver humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. [Read more]
► Islam, the Founding Fathers and the 4th of July
Lost in most history books today is the admiration that America’s Founding Fathers had for Islam and its teachings. The author reminds readers of this reverence as the United States celebrated its independence from Britain again on July 4. [Read more]
► New Publication Explores Islam in Malaysian Politics
The Research Institute on Contemporary Southeast Asia, or Institut de Recherche sur l’Asie du Sud-Est Contemporaine (IRASEC), in Bangkok and the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), a graduate school of Nanyang Technological University, in Singapore have recently published From the Mosque to the Ballot Box: An Introduction to Political Islam in Malaysia by Delphine Allès, Sophie Lemière, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed Osman and Haris Zalkapli. The 114-page occasional paper is available at http://www.irasec.com/components/com_irasec/media/upload/OP14-Mosque-to-Ballot-Box_web.pdf.
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