Posts tagged "pakistan"
Diminishing Returns: Sufi Shrines in Pakistan's Politics

Diminishing Returns: Sufi Shrines in Pakistan’s Politics

From Pakistan, Umar Farooq looks at the diminishing political role of Sufi saints and shrines in a rapidly urbanizing Pakistan.
Hitting the Wall: Art in Pakistan

Hitting the Wall: Art in Pakistan

From Karachi, Saba Imtiaz reports on the art scene in Pakistan and the challenges artists face when they choose religion and politics as their themes.
Above Class and Clerics: The Saga of Heer Ranjha

Above Class and Clerics: The Saga of Heer Ranjha

By Saba Imtiaz In Pakistan's Punjab province, shrines to the doomed lovers of epic sagas are not only testament to the allure of tragic romance, but a symbol of women's struggle against patriarchy.
Pakistan's Lost Vote

Pakistan’s Lost Vote

In Pakistan, polling is over and the votes have been counted but the voice of one group has not been heard. Saba Imtiaz reports from Karachi on the missing Ahmadi vote.
Pakistan's Blasphemy Laws: Christians Come Under Attack in Lahore

Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws: Christians Come Under Attack in Lahore

By Saba Imtiaz A violent mob ransacked and burned the homes of more than a hundred Christian families in Lahore on Saturday in the wake of an alleged incident of blasphemy.
A Marked Life

A Marked Life

By Saba Imtiaz In 1984, Pakistan's military ruler, General Zia-ul-Haq, changed the country's Constitution, making it a crime for Ahmadis to identify themselves as Muslims. Since then, more than 200 Ahmadis have been assassinated in Pakistan.
In The World

In The World

By Natasja Sheriff The latest news on religious freedom, at home and abroad, provides the focus of this week's In The World.

The Globalization of Blasphemy

by Austin Dacey The Indian Penal Code was drafted in 1837 by the Indian Law Commission...In their commentaries, the commissioners observed that India is “pregnant with dangers” because of a susceptibility to “religious excitement” peculiar to Muslims and Hindus.

The Urgency and the Lunacy

A Q&A with biographer Deborah Baker, author of The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism, released last month by Greywolf Press. by Ashley Baxstrom When biographer Deborah Baker came across a collection of letters at the New York Public Library, she opened a window into a particularly complex life. The letters told the...

Bangladesh (Further) Surrenders Secularism

Kathryn Montalbano: This week, the Bangladeshi government has pushed to retain the state's Islamic status, a move that requires an amendment to the constitution that originally declared Bangladesh secular and independent from Pakistan in 1971.  Bangladesh's path to independence could almost be credited to Indian Muslims, who sought reprieve from social and political marginalization in...

Give Us This Day Our Daily Links

Jesus Greeks! Of course we don't endorse primary candidates (Mitt Romney 5.0)!  But if we could... Jews in the Sheen house! Reading, writing and the absolute horrors of being in divinity school. Old evangelical wine in old evangelical wineskins? Clarence Thomas is the court. The Archbishop of Canterbury designates a Pakistani martyr. Alabama...

Daily Links 30 November 2004

“That’s Simply Not True.” Cheers to Anderson Cooper for breaking out of the “objectivity” mold that usually lets guys like Jerry Falwell present theology as fact. God / Spy Retired FBI Special Agent Jim Olhson reviews two new books about espionage: “From early in my involvement as a Christian working with national security, I have marveled at the striking...