Monthly Archives: January 2011

Inside the Madrasa — The Story from APM

Inside the Madrasa — The Story from APM.

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New Leadership at Deoband Seminary

The winds of change of change, however blusteringly, have ushered in a new vice-chancellor at Darul Uloom Deoband with the appointment of Mawlana Ghulam Vastanvi.  While the world’s attention was rightfully focused on dramatic changes in Tunisia and now in … Continue reading

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TWO DAYS AND NIGHTS IN NAJD-SAUDI ARABIA

From the 12-14 of January 2011, I was privileged to be among a group of leading and influential people, thinkers and creative individuals in Saudi Arabia.  Most of the people in attendance were from Saudi Arabia, with few individuals from … Continue reading

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IN MEMORIAM: OLEG GRABAR

The scholarly community mourns the loss of Professor Oleg Grabar who died on 8 January 2011 at age 81. Grabar was a renowned and world expert on Islamic art and architecture who held professorships at the University of Michigan, Harvard … Continue reading

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Demagoguery in the Name of the Prophet: Pakistan’s Paradoxes and Paranoia

Even more sickening than the assassination was to see Pakistani lawyers showering the killer with rose petals when he appeared in court. These were the same lawyers who were fighting for democracy and liberty a few years ago but today they are aiding and abetting murder in the name of the Prophet!…Centuries ago, the great Ibn Arabi, a great admirer of the Prophet and a frequent visitor to the holy shrine in Mecca, the Ka`ba, wrote in a poem: “How can the holy status of the Ka`ba ever be compared to the greater value of a human being.” Continue reading

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow. Crunchy numbers A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. … Continue reading

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