Ideological Roots of Faith based Violence & Terrorism – Interview by Caleb Maupin

Political Analyst & Journalist Caleb Maupin sits down with 3 of the 4 editors of “Faith Based Violence & Militancy in Pakistan” including: Professor Jawad Syed, ‎Professor at Suleman Dawood School of Business, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Professor Tahir Kamran, Dean of Arts & Social Science, Government College University. Lahore, Pakistan Professor Edwina Pio, University Director of Diversity, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. Continue reading Ideological Roots of Faith based Violence & Terrorism – Interview by Caleb Maupin

Takfir and terrorism – Tahir Kamran

Like khalafah, umma, jihad and shahadat, takfir has attained a wide currency in modern day Muslim discourse. For analysts, takfir has a peculiar specificity, especially when referring to modern day proponents of revivalist Islam. Takfir denotes excommunication or declaration of a person or group of people to be non-Muslim. Although the instances of takfir can be gleaned from the early history of Muslims, it started featuring regularly in the Muslim discourse since the last quarter of the 19th century. Deobandi clerics were at the centre of the trend of issuing takfiri fatwas. Though not a takfiri treatise as such, Rashid Gangohi’s Hadayatush Shia (Advice to the Shia) is the first published … Continue reading Takfir and terrorism – Tahir Kamran