Vol. 11    Issue 14   01-15 December 2016
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Professor A. R. MOMIN

Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

The Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar, who number about a million, are among the poorest in the country and are largely concentrated in the coastal Rakhine state of western Myanmar. Most of them are Bengali-speakers who arrived in the country in the 19th century when Burma was a British colony. For more than five decades, the relations between the minority Rohingya and the Buddhist majority have been marked by mistrust and hostility. The military regime launched Operation King Dragon in 1978 and unleashed a campaign of terror against the Rohingya. They were attacked and terrorized by the security forces and the majority Buddhists and their houses torched. Their lands were confiscated and dozens of mosques were desecrated and destroyed. The orgy of violence led to the exodus of nearly 2500,000 Rohingyas to the neighbouring Bangladesh.    Read more


The Hazara of Afghanistan

Professor A. R. MOMIN

Afghan society is characterized by a good deal of ethnic, linguistic, religious and cultural diversity. Afghanistan, which has a population of 27.5 million, is divided into some 14 ethnic groups, including Pashtun, Tajik, Hazara, Uzbek, Aimak, Turkmen, Baloch, Pashai, Nooristani, Kyrgyz and Gujjar. Pashtun constitute the dominant ethnic group, who account for nearly 60% of the population. Tajik constitute about 27% while the Hazara account for between 9% and 13% and the Uzbek for about 9% of the population. While the Uzbek are mostly farmers, the Kyrgyz practice herding. The population of Afghanistan is almost entirely Muslim. Nearly 90 per cent of the population are Sunni and the rest follow the Shi’i creed. Sufism continues to have a pervasive influence on Afghan society. Pashto and Dari (a dialect of Persian) are the country’s official languages. In addition, Uzbek, Turkmen, Balochi, Hazaragi and Brahui languages are also spoken.    Read more

Jimmy Carter: America Must Recognize Palestine

ATLANTA — We do not yet know the policy of the next administration toward Israel and Palestine, but we do know the policy of this administration. It has been President Obama’s aim to support a negotiated end to the conflict based on two states, living side by side in peace.

That prospect is now in grave doubt. I am convinced that the United States can still shape the future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict before a change in presidents, but time is very short. The simple but vital step this administration must take before its term expires on Jan. 20 is to grant American diplomatic recognition to the state of Palestine, as 137 countries have already done, and help it achieve full United Nations membership.   Read more


Dr. Zafar Ishaq Ansari

Minaret Research Network

Dr. Zafar Ishaq Ansari, an eminent Islamic scholar and educationist, passed away at the age of 84 on 24 April 2016. He was born on 27 December 1932 in a respected family of scholars in Allahabad in undivided India. His father, Mawlana Zafar Ahmad Ansari, was a well-known Islamic scholar who served as a member of the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan.  Read more


Fashion and Hijab at New York Fashion Week

Anniesa Hasibuan, an Indonesian fashion designer, showcased her Islamic fashion collection at the New York Fashion Week that ran from September 8 to 15 this year.

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