Pakistan and sectarianism: The enemy within — Qantara de articele by James M. Dorsey | Saudi’s money for sectarian policies

Pakistan′s generals blame their country′s cycle of political violence, including a recent bombing in the Baluch capital of Quetta, on groups in Afghanistan. The focus on external enemies complicates efforts to reduce political violence, ease inter-communal strains and facilitate easing of tensions with Pakistan′s neighbours. By James M. Dorsey Pakistan′s military commanders gathered at the…

Sunniten gegen Schiiten Der 35-jährige Krieg — Cicero de (In German)

Von Stefan Buchen Was der 30-jährige Krieg für das Christentum war, ist der Konflikt zwischen Sunniten und Schiiten für den Islam. Es ist dieser brutale Religionskonflikt, der auch den Vormarsch der Terrorgruppe Isis im Irak erklärt. Eine Analyse ***** Der bärtige Mann mit Turban personifiziert für die westliche Welt scheinbar das “Gespenst des Terrors” –…

‘Gott ist kein Diktator” – Arnfrid Schenk und Martin Spiewak Interview mit Mouhanad Khorchide, Professor für islamische Religionspädagogik an der Universität Münster — Qantara de (In German)

Click here to read this Interview in English version: Interview with Mouhanad Khorchide ‘God Is Not A Dictator” ***** Der Koran wurde bislang falsch interpretiert, sagt Mouhanad Khorchide. Der Professor für Islamische Religionspädagogik fordert eine Befreiung des Glaubens. Mit ihm sprachen Arnfrid Schenk und Martin Spiewak Mouhanad Khorchide: “Die Hauptbotschaft wird aber dieselbe sein: Gott…

Saudi women’s driving starts without arrests — Khaleej Times com

AP) / 27 October 2013 Professor and campaigner Aziza Youssef says the women’s group has received 13 videos and another 50 phone messages from women showing or claiming they had driven.   Saudi professor and campaigner Aziza Youssef said the group has received 13 videos and another 50 phone messages from women showing or claiming…

“Social work at Coffee houses Mideast” — Article by Caroline Stoneon on Saudi Aramco World about drinking coffee in middle east during 16th-century

Coffee, native to Ethiopia, was probably drunk there long before there were written records of it, both as a tea-like drink, al-qahwa al-qishriya, made from the husks of the coffee bean, and as brewed coffee made from the beans themselves, called al-qahwa al-bunniya. The beans were also often simply chewed. But the 16th-century jurist al-Jaziri…

Saudi Arabia’s First Feature Film "Wadjda" "It’s Not Just about Suppression" — DW de article on Berlin film producers Gerhard Meixner and Roman Paul with Saudi filmmaker Haifaa Al Mansour’s film is now passed the censorship bureau to show the Kingdom viewers

Filming against the odds: In conservative neighbourhoods, local residents would block shooting, or Mansour would have to direct from a van with a walkie-talkie, as she could not be seen in public together with male crew and actors. The film itself will only be seen in the kingdom on DVD or on television, as cinemas…

What is happening in Saudi Arabia? — Reset Doc Org article by Liisa Liimatainen explained on her book ‘The other side of Saudi Arabia: brave women and cyber-youth’, published in Finnish

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, founded in 1932, does not have a constitution, a parliament or even written legislation. Religious and very conservative jurist-theologians decide on the destiny of the kingdom’s citizens based on their interpretation of the Koran and Islamic tradition. They represent the Hanbali school (madhhab) of religious law within Sunni Islam, linked…

Women in Saudi Arabia: Breaking Barriers — Common Ground News Service and Qantara de article on Saudi King issued a historic decree allowing women to be members of Shura Council and the advisory body

With the recent appointment of women to the Saudi Shura Council, journalist Maha Akeel delves into the growing advancements of women in Saudi Arabia Saudi women have grabbed international headlines lately, and it is not for being banned from driving or their efforts to defy this ban. From winning Best Film awards in international film…

The Arrest of Saudi Intellectual Turki al-Hamad: “One Step Forward and Two Steps Back?” – Neue Zürcher Zeitung / Qantara.de article by Fakhri Saleh on Turki al-Hamad who reject Wahhabism

The Saudi writer and journalist Turki al-Hamad is one of the most distinguished and courageous intellectuals in his homeland. Religious authorities have already issued seven fatwas against him. For the past two-and-a-half weeks, the soon to be 60-year-old writer has been sitting in prison for sending highly controversial Twitter messages. By Fakhri Saleh The arrest…