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Afghanistan/Pakistan

A Review of Haroon K. Ullah’s “Vying for Allah’s Vote”

“Vying for Allah’s Vote” discusses the Islamist politics in Pakistan (Photo: Khalid Mahmood) Pakistan’s religious parties are a worrisome mixture of fundamentalists, nihilists, and obscurantists, who cannot be reasoned with. Traditionally at least, this has been the simplistic interpretation presented about the country’s Islamist parties.... 

Violent Protests in Venezuela Fit a Pattern

A man wearing a T-shirt of Venezuela’s independence hero Simon Bolivar chants pro-government slogans during a march by elderly people in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. The march was organized by the government in the name of peace, and ended at Miraflores presidential palace where the seniors met with Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro.... 

Neoliberalism in Pakistan

Neoliberalism affects the most vulnerable sections of society (Source: DFID – UK Department for International Development) Ideologies, especially fanatical ideologies have been plaguing Pakistan since its inception, contributing to its present dystopian gloom. While the dark nature of the threat, as posed by religious obscurantism, is well studied, the morbid... 

Happy Holidays from the Muftah Team

To Our Readers and Supporters, Whatever your belief system or cultural practice, a Christmas dance party is always in order and this SoundCloud mix will do just the trick. We wish you peace, contentment, and harmony during this holiday season. We endeavor to continue to grow and learn from you all in 2014, and provide news and views on the Middle East that educates,... 

Toward a More Inclusive Islam: The Inclusive Mosque Initiative

(Photo credit: (Joe Amon, The Denver Post) The Inclusive Mosque Initiative (IMI) is a transnational association of activists who have come together with the explicit goal of creating inclusive sacred spaces that value all human beings, including disabled individuals and those with different sexual orientations and gender identities (SOGIs), while worshiping,... 

Pakistan’s Disastrous Military Operations in North Waziristan

Pressure is growing on Pakistan to abandon dialogue with the Taliban (Photo: Newsonline) In late January 2014, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif convened a negotiating committee to initiate dialogue with... 

The Shameful and Comedic Masks of Rape Culture

Source: http://logan-darrow.tumblr.com/ Thanks to decades of war, invasion, and revolution, the Middle East region has found itself in the international spotlight, where it has often been compared to the United... 

The Best of 2013: Truth & Complexity in the Middle East & North Africa

For the first time since Morsi’s ouster, revolutionary activists returned to Tahrir Square on Monday, November 18, 2013. Complexity does not discriminate based on time or place, but 2013 was nothing if not... 

Pushing the Barriers of Equality in Pakistan

Parveen, a 23-year-old woman with a postgraduate degree, works out of a small IT center in Gulmit, Pakistan where she is busy learning about data entry. Parveen’s class has an almost equal number of male and... 

Apathy Toward Violence Against Pakistan’s Shia Community

Blood after bomb attack against Shia targets in Parachinar, Pakistan on July 26, 2013. Pakistan is home to the second largest Shia population in the world (second only to Iran), with members of this branch of... 
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