Fundamentalisms

Saudi Arabia has introduced a campaign aimed at tackling domestic violence against women in the kingdom. The King Khalid Foundation funds the campaign, which is a royal, family-run organization with clear ties to the Saudi government.

Local prosecutors are pursuing a statutory rape charge against 40-year-old restaurant manager Riduan Masmud, who allegedly had sex with the girl in a parked car outside the Sabah state capital Kota Kinabalu in February. The girl is now 13 and his defense is that he married her.

Mohammad Yazdi, a clerical member of Iran’s Council of Guardians, a constitutional body responsible for ensuring that legislation adheres to Iran’s Constitution, as interpreted by Iran’s religious scholars and Islamic law, and for vetting presidential candidates has announced that Iranian laws “do not allow women to become presidents”.

A senior female member of Imran Khan's Movement for Justice party (PTI) was shot dead outside her home in Karachi.

Not one bullet was fired, not one smoke bomb was dropped as scores of Muslims were attacked and some were burnt alive in Myanmar last week. The security forces just looked on. In a country where they routinely use brute force against political dissidents, villagers who protest land grabs and even monks, their passivity was sadly revealing.

If, as seems likely, Mr. Mohammad cannot repay his debt to a fellow camp resident a year from now, his daughter Naghma, a smiling, slender child with a tiny gold stud in her nose, will be forced to leave her family’s home forever to be married to the lender’s 17-year-old son.

The following is an exchange based on a recent Dissent article by Meredith Tax. To take part in the debate, you can visit Dissent’s Facebook page. In her essay “An Expedient Alliance? The Muslim Right and The Anglo-American Left,” noted feminist Meredith Tax makes a number of accusations. Most of them center on the Left’s “support of the Muslim Right,” which has in Tax’s view “undermined struggles for secular democracy in the Global South.” Tax argues that “left-wing alliances with fundamentalist groups” amount to a betrayal “of the majority of their co-religionists, who do not wish to be represented by extremists.”

Once again we share unspeakable horror at the carnage against citizens, this time in AbbasTown, Karachi. Once again we express our condemnation and outrage. Once again we wonder how many more times we will do this before there is resolve to deal with religious militancy.

Anthropologue, psychanalyste et essayiste, Malek Chebel est né en 1953 à Skikda. Il est l’auteur d’une œuvre imposante qui comprend une trentaine de titres dont «Le Corps en Islam» (Presses Universitaires de France, 1984), «Le Livre des séductions» (Payot, 1986 et 1996), «Histoire de la circoncision, des origines à nos jours» (Balland, 1992 et 2006), une «Encyclopédie de l’Amour en Islam» (Payot, 1995 et 2003) et plus récemment une traduction du Coran acccompagnée d’un «Dictionnaire encyclopédique du Coran» (Fayard, 2009) et enfin «Les Grandes figures de l’islam» (Perrin, 2011). La publication d’un «Dictionnaire des réformateurs musulmans» (Albin Michel), offre l’occasion d’interroger cet Algérien, courtois et raffiné, dont le combat contre les dérives totalitaires et obscurantistes d’un islam figé dans la violence et corseté dans l’intolérance focalise l’intérêt.

KABUL, Afghanistan — The acting head of women’s affairs in Laghman Province in eastern Afghanistan was shot to death in daylight on Monday as she was traveling to work.It was the second time in less than six months that the person holding that post has been assassinated. In the latest attack, two assailants on a motorcycle gunned down Najia Sediqi, the acting head, as she was getting into a rickshaw in Mehtar Lam, the provincial capital, according to Ahmad Gul Baidar, the head of administrative affairs for the women’s department.

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