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The Return Of History

An Islamic philosopher in Karachi, an ideologue who provides violent ideas to some of Pakistan’s fiercest extremist groups, once told me that there are two kinds of history: dead and living. “Dead history is something on a shelf or in a museum,” he said. “Living history is part of your consciousness, something in your blood that inspires you.”

Read Here – The New York Times

Chinese Communist Party, Religion And Diplomacy

Religion, once derided as the “opium of the people,” was marginalized in China’s political and social arenas after 1949. During the chaos of the Cultural Revolution (1966-76), many houses of worship were turned into animal stables or destroyed, and clergymen were forced to work in the fields. China’s treatment of religious followers has been a constant irritant in its relations with other countries. However, China’s stance toward religion is pivoting as it seeks to increase its influence in the region.

Read Here – Global Times

Filling The Gaps In History Books

Politics in the name of religion is already being played with textbook purges in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, while in countries such as the United States and India, religion-inspired changes to the states’ science curricula are beginning. India retains federal control through the Central Board examinations transferring credits nationally.

Read Here – Dawn

 

Much More Than A Murderous Carnage

In March 2001, Taliban fighters solemnly gathered around the giant Buddha statue, a famed 6th century monument in the Bamiyan Province of Afghanistan, laid explosives at its feet and blew it to smithereens. Mullah Omar Mohammad, then the group’s leader, had proclaimed triumphantly: “Muslims should be proud of smashing idols [for] it gives praise to God that we have destroyed them.”

More recently, the brutish group known as Ansar Dine — dubbed by the western media as “Islamist rebels” — who invaded Timbuktu, turned into rubble centuries-old mausoleums recognised by Unesco as world treasures, burned ancient caligraphed manuscripts, tore down libraries and destroyed priceless cultural artefacts. Said one of their spokesmen: “The destruction is a divine order.

Read Here – The Gulf News

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