Category: Muslim world

TMI about Aleppo rape victim?

I’m sure many of you have heard the story of the young girl who suffered terrible injuries in a gang rape in Aleppo last month; you can read the story in English here. There...

Cuddly Sufis versus aggressive Salafis

Once again, the topic of promoting “Sufism” as a means of countering the aggression of “salafi”-inspired jihadist movements, as in Pakistan presently, has come up, thanks to the establishment of a seven-member “Sufi Advisory...

Why not slaughter all the pigs?

I’m sure we’ve all heard by now about the Egyptian government’s move to slaughter all of the country’s stock of pigs, kept by the Coptic Christian minority, supposedly in response to the outbreak of...

No sad goodbye

BBC News: Sad goodbye to ‘cosmopolitan’ Cairo The BBC laments how the old nightclubs and belly-dancing joints of Cairo have either closed down or are shadows of their old selves. The problem is that...

William Dalrymple on Sufis in Pakistan

William Dalrymple charts Pakistan’s descent into chaos | World news | The Guardian This appeared in the G2 supplement in the Guardian yesterday. Dalrymple has in general been sympathetic to Pakistan in his writings,...

Somalia: Executing rape victims

Recently a young female was executed for adultery in Kismayo, Somalia. Initially we were told that she was 23, and had gone to the Shabaab militia, who control that part of the country, to...

But freedom for whom?

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown has a confused ramble in today’s Independent, lamenting the fact that joining the European Union has decreased in popularity since 2002, when the figure was 70% in favour (by 2006, it was...

No dogging in Dubai

Last week, a woman and her husband were arrested for having sex on a beach in Dubai; this news made it to the front pages of at least one major British newspaper. The woman...

Niqaabs for Afghanistan?

Having just watched a More 4 documentary of Malalai Joya, the woman who was elected to the Afghani parliament after getting thrown out of the Loya Jirga for standing up to condemn warlords, it...

A country for a plaything

Recently there has been a flurry of stories about foreigners being jailed in the United Arab Emirates for unbelievably petty drug “offences” which would not be detected, yet alone prosecuted, anywhere else. The story...

Bhutto: get over it!

This afternoon during my lunch hour, I had an MSN conversation with someone in Sindh, the home region and power base of the late Benazir Bhutto. Naturally, since I knew where she lived (not...