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Operations And Empires

Operations and empires

Some events are so intriguing that you’re impelled to sit back and reflect on them. The news of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s “whimpering and crying” death is one…

From Empires To Democracies: Part-I

From empires to democracies: Part-I

The age of empires is gone, and empires have been replaced by ‘big powers’, which are mostly democracies. The simplest definition of democracy is: holding elections at certain intervals (four…

Muhammad Iqbal On The Spirit Of Islamic Culture

Muhammad Iqbal on the spirit of Islamic culture

Iqbal states that the essence of ‘Tauhid’ as a working idea is human unity, human equality and human freedom. Therefore, practically speaking, the spirit of Islamic culture liberates man rather…

The End Of Empires

The end of empires

When Muslim armies boiled out of the Arabian desert and won a string of stunning victories in the seventh century, believers were convinced that they owed this success to divine…

Islamic History

Islamic history

This is a continuation of the abstracts from an excellent article by Mahnoor Khan, posted by Pak Tea House, Lahore and forwarded to me by Barrister Dr Muhammed Javed Iqbal…

Islamic History

Islamic history

Last week I introduced an article written by Ms Mahnoor Khan and posted by Pak Tea House, Lahore. I also gave a brief introduction to my friend, Prof Dr Muhammed…

The Afghan And The Mighty Empire

The Afghan and the mighty empire

So this is how the cookie crumbles. The United States says that the much debated ‘security pact’ with Afghanistan is in the interest of the Afghan people and essential for…

Hazrat Ali’s martyrdom

As Muslims bowed down during the early morning ‘fajr’ congregational prayers in the historic mosque in Kufa, southern Iraq, an assassin armed with a poison-dipped sword rose and struck Hazrat…

Celebrating Hazrat Ali

Ahead of the birth anniversary of Hazrat Ali (a.s.) this Friday (26th February/13th Rajab al murajab), the rich legacy from the life of the fourth caliph of Islam offers many…

Narrative warfare

THE battle of narratives is the least understood aspect of countering extremism and terrorism. Engaging primarily in hard approaches means states maintain a monopoly over countering extremism, with little input…