Category Archives: South Asia

Deoband Vice-Chancellor gets reprieve

UPDATE The new vice-chancellor of Darul Uloom Deoband, Mawlana Ghulam Vastanvi enjoyed some reprieve, when the Trustees of the century old seminary in India delegated a committee of inquiry to evaluate the VC’s controversial statements made in the Indian media. … Continue reading

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Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws: Death and Destruction

Another Pakistani politician, this time a Christian cabinet minister was slain by an assassin’s bullet. Shahbaz Bhatti, 41, was ambushed and killed because he campaigned for the country’s blasphemy laws to be amended or abolished. Clearly, passions are running high … Continue reading

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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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Duke Class: Muslims Traditions in Learning

Duke Students, want to know about Muslim institutions of learning such as mosque-universities, scholars who wrote books on law, theology, history and philosophy? Want to know more about what happens inside the madrasas of South Asia and what are their … Continue reading

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Immanent Frame: Civil Religion and Beyond

(A blog post I wrote for the Immanent Frame) Robert Bellah’s idea of civil religion, captured in his now famous essay “Civil Religion in America,” can in a moment of naïveté not only be seductive, but could almost pass as … Continue reading

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