Vol. 13    Issue 7   16 - 30 September 2018
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Mexico’s Indigenous Muslims

Professor A. R. MOMIN

Mexico, officially United Mexican States, is a federal republic in the southernmost part of the North America. It is the 13th largest state in the world in terms of graphical area, with an estimated population of over 120 million. Mexico City is the capital and Spanish is the official language. Mexico has a mixed economy based on agriculture, minerals, manufacturing and oil and natural gas. it is the world’s largest producer of silver, bismuth and celestite.   Read more


V. S. Naipaul

Passing of an Islamophobic Native Colonial

Professor A. R. MOMIN

Vidiadhar Surajpersad Naipaul, or V. S. Naipaul or Sir Vidia, as he was generally known among literary writers, was born in a poor family in Chaguanas, south of Trinidad’s capital, Port of Spain, on 17 August 1932. Trinidad, the southern-most country in the West Indies in the Caribbean, was then a British colony with a multi-ethnic population. Naipaul was the second of seven children of Seepersad and his wife Droapatie. Naipaul’s grandfather, along with hundreds of others, had been shipped from north India to Trinidad as indentured labourers in the late 19th century in the wake of the abolition of slavery in the British Empire. His father attended school during the day and worked at night to earn his livelihood. He learned English and became a journalist and a short story writer and worked as a correspondent of a local newspaper, the Trinidad Guardian. After a while he shifted to Port of Spain, where Naipaul completed his school education. He was a precocious student with a flair for language and writing. In 1950 he went on a scholarship to University College, Oxford to study English literature. He shifted to London in 1958 where he worked as a radio presenter on the BBC’s Caribbean Voices for a brief period. Within a few years he became a professional writer.   Read more

Islam and Europe


Akbar Ahmed’s journey to explore Islam across Europe began in a crowded parking garage in Athens in 2013 that was serving as a makeshift mosque hosting over 400 members of the Muslim community for a congregation. Athens had a sizeable Muslim population of several hundred thousand, but not a single proper mosque. As sweat and desperation filled the air that afternoon, Ahmed addressed the gathering, and made a note to himself.   Read more


Libya's ‘Desert Lion’ Omar Mukhtar lives on in memory 87 years after death

Libya's iconic resistance leader Omar Mukhtar (1862-1931), who spent the last 20 years of his life fighting the fascist Italian occupation of his country, will forever be remembered as the world-renowned "Desert Lion."   Read more


Experts: Spain's Cordoba Mosque should be under public ownership


Amid a simmering disagreement over the rights of the Great Mosque of Cordoba in Spain, a committee recruited by the local city council of Cordoba opposed its ownership by the Catholic Church. The site was an ancient Muslim place of worship which was converted to a Catholic cathedral.   Read more


France admits torture during Algeria's war of independence

More than 1.5 million Algerians died during the 1954-62 war of independence against colonial-ruler France.

France acknowledged for the first time it was responsible for systematic torture during the Algerian war of independence in the mid-1950s.   Read more

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