Sunday, June 8, 2014

So, Just Who is Zhul-qarnayn?

Featured as a column on Islamicity.com and Iviews.com.

Zhul-qarnayn is a mysterious figure mentioned in the Qur’an whose identity has been a matter of contention and speculation to this day. Many differing theories were proposed on the identity of Zhul-qarnayn by Islamic scholars throughout the ages. This naturally has caused/been causing somewhat of a confusion. 

In this article, I am going to offer yet another opinion as to who this mysterious figure is. My goal, of course, is not to add to the confusion but rather to help eliminate it.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

What is Happening in Turkey?

What do the government protesters in Turkey want? What are they trying to achieve? Is Erdogan a "dictator"? Is Turkey like Libya and Egypt or even Iran?

If you have been following the likes of CNN, the Wall Street Journal, and the Economist, the answer you would get to the above questions would be one of damning judgment.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

From ‘Midnight Express’ to a Rising Economic and Democratic Hub

Featured on islamicity.com and iviews.com.

In the latest local elections that took place this Sunday, March 30, 2014, the Turkish people awarded a landslide victory (around 46%, with the main opposition trailing far behind at around 29%), and this for the third time, to the recently embattled Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (JDP) sending a strong signal to the detractors of the man. The voter turnout was at a near-record rate of about 90%.


How does he do it? How does Erdogan pull off landslide victory after landslide victory?

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Muslims and Their Chronic Intellectual Stagnation

Featured on islamicity.com and iviews.com.

According to a quotation usually attributed to Einstein, insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over again and yet expecting different results. In my view, this describes the state of the understanding and interpretation of Muslims of their way of life, i.e., Islam, for about the last few hundred years.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Gezi Park Protests in Perspective

Featured on Iviews.com

One has to distinguish between two kinds of protests that emerged from the Gezi Park demonstrations in Istanbul, Turkey: an innocent and legitimate one that took place in the early days of the protests, and a transmogrified version of the latter into a social engineering project to bring down the democratically elected and widely popular government of the AKP, Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party. The latter had been attempted numerous times within the decade-long rule of the AKP. 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Islamic Extremism: A Clarion Call for Islamic Renaissance

Featured on Islamicity.com and Iviews.com


Islamic extremism/terrorism is not a purely religiously motivated phenomenon at its roots. Like most human affairs, it is ultimately rooted in socio-political dynamics. In the case of the Islamic extremism: it is the culmination of two socio-political factors that made it to be the powder keg that it is now: A sclerotic (Islamic) civilization and the Western post colonial involvement in the Middle East, i.e., exploitation of the Middle Eastern oil, the plight of Palestinians etc.





Sunday, September 19, 2010

Con Coughlin at It Again!

Reporter Con Coughlin wrote a piece on September 14, 2010, in the British Daily Telegraph alleging that the party of the Turkish premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan received $25 million from Iran.


Coughlin provides absolutely no proof to support his claim. He just keeps invoking the ambiguous phrase “Western diplomats” as the “source” of his allegations.

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Note: A version of this piece ran on Jim Lobe's blog and Islamicity's Iviews website.