The future of political Islam


ISLAMIST DEMOCRACY: The Egyptian crisis raises deeper questions about religious politics 1.  THE toppling of president Mohamed Morsi and his Freedom and Justice Party in Egypt has raised a host of deep and difficult questions about the future of politicised religion in general, and political Islam in particular. 2.  For starters, it has posed us … Continue reading The future of political Islam

Professor Jackie Ying


A Life of Passion, Commitment and Hard Work: Professor Jackie Ying Jackie Y. Ying is someone whose life defies expectations and stereotypes at every turn. In the largely male-dominated field of scientific research with few prominent Asians or Muslims, Professor Ying is a female, Chinese-Muslim whose work in the field of nanotechnology has earned her … Continue reading Professor Jackie Ying

In defence of Erdogan


Eric S. Margolis WESTERN politicians and media have been scolding Turkey's prime minister Recep Erdogan over anti-government demonstrations in Istanbul and Ankara. What began as a local protest over the foolish plan to raze trees in Gezi Park near Istanbul's bustling Taksim Square quickly exploded into major protests thanks to the ham-handed response of Istanbul … Continue reading In defence of Erdogan

The youngest Arab doctor


Graduating from Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q), 20-year-old Iqbal El-Assaad is possibly the youngest Arab doctor ever. Mohammed Yahia Iqbal El-Assaad is the youngest medical doctor to graduate from Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) in its ten-year history. When Iqbal was a toddler, she learnt algebra by watching her older siblings … Continue reading The youngest Arab doctor

Polemics of polygamy


By Prof Datuk Dr Zaleha Kamaruddin, the Rector of the International Islamic University Malaysia Although permitted in the Quran, there are two different views on the practice, men are generally in agreement but most women are not in favour of it. POLYGAMY remains a controversial issue not only in Malaysia but many Muslim countries around … Continue reading Polemics of polygamy

CPA Australia – Accommodating Islamic finance critical to Australia’s economic future


Australian tax laws should be amended to attract Islamic finance and other forms of alternative finance to benefit the economy, says CPA Australia. In a submission to the Board of Taxation, CPA Australia says Islamic Finance will ultimately boost the Australian economy and help establish Australia as a financial services hub in the Asia-Pacific region. … Continue reading CPA Australia – Accommodating Islamic finance critical to Australia’s economic future