Dialogue

Poor Education and Rising Extremism Key Challenges Facing Muslim World


28 September 2012

Events

Lack of a culture of research and enquiry, indifference to modern education, and growing trends of sectarianism and religious extremism are the key challenges facing Muslim world today. This was acknowledged by Islamic scholars from Pakistan, Egypt, Turkey, Indonesia, Iran, Bangladesh and Malaysia in a international conference on "The Emerging Challenges and the Responses from Religious Scholars," organized by Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) in... Read More

Religio-political Discourse in Pakistan Too Narrow and Dissonant to Curb Radicalization


13 September 2012

Events

Religious radicalism has many forms and manifestations and affects almost every segment of Pakistani society in one way or the other. Triggered by multiple factors, it gains strength mainly from the prevalent religious-political discourse in country that offers largely extreme positions to the people in the political, socio-cultural and ideological perspectives. The religious scholars have the responsibility to introduce elements of tolerance, accommodation and... Read More

Collective Efforts Needed to Eradicate Persecution of Religious Minorities


05 September 2012

Events

Broader interaction and coordination among state and various segments of society are needed to reach at a better understanding of different forms of discriminations existing in Pakistan and the required ways to eradicate them.The government has almost failed to provide security and a feeling of equal citizenship to religious minorities, a fact that encourages those who have developed a sense of intolerance and hatred towards people of different religion, sect or... Read More

Security-centric Approaches Bar Effective De-radicalization


15 August 2012

Events

States have failed to evolve comprehensive counter-radicalization and de-radicalization responses and strategies because of their largely security-centric approaches and less emphasis on dealing with extremism and radicalism in sociocultural, economic and political perspectives. This argument emerged as a consensus point among the participants of a focused group discussion on ‘assessment of de-radicalization models’, organized by Pak Institute for Peace... Read More

The Thirst for Knowledge Lacks in Pakistani Education System


11 July 2012

Events

Pakistan’s education system has inadequate capacity and substance to promote the spirit of inquiry, thirst for knowledge and critical thinking among the students. Education provided by different public and private educational institutions and madrassas lacks quality and diversity. It is imperative for the government to set some standard principles of education, bridge the existing gaps between religious and mainstream education systems and allocate ample funds for... Read More

The Arab Spring: Shift in the Middle East and Implications for Pakistan


12 June 2012

Events

There are some similarities and several differences between the situations in pakistan in recent years and the state of affairs in those Middle Eastern and North African countries where mass uprisings were characterized as the Arab spring over the past one year or so. Distinct factors have been dictatorial regimes, corruption, and lack of basic freedoms in the Arab spring countries. Conspiracy theories abound about the western involvement in the events of the Arab... Read More

Religious Scholars Note that Extremists do Selective and Political Use of Islam


10 May 2012

Events

The religious radicals and extremists in Pakistan use Islam as a tool to achieve their vested political goals and objectives. To get politico-ideological support of the people for that purpose they have invented a new method of making selective inferences from the Holy Quran and sayings of the Prophet (ahadith, plural of hadith) overriding all other Quranic verses and ahadith, which is clearly conflicting with Islamic tradition of using a holistic approach regarding... Read More

Pakistan can Learn from Indonesian Experience of Reforms in Islamic Education


02 May 2012

Events

Pakistan’s religious organizations and scholars have a lot to learn from the non-political and public-oriented approach of the Indonesia Islamic organizations to educate people according to peaceful and dynamic principles of Islam. Like Indonesians, Pakistani religious scholars can respond effectively to challenges of extremism and intolerance through the reforms in religious education system particularly by updating and diversifying the curriculum, resorting to... Read More
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