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  • A Renaissance Long Overdue
    August 2006 By Anisa Virji

    The Arab civilization, like many other civilizations, once reigned at a cultural and intellectual apogee, but subsequently lost this position and found itself close to the lowest rungs of the civilizational hierarchy. However, the civilization has not completely lost the spirit that once made it indisputably great. If the region has lost its bearings in the turbulent contemporary world of technological unfamiliarity and moral ambiguity, then it needs to reach out to its past and bring back the principles of free enquiry and tolerance advocated by its faith, and find its way once again to the shore.

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  • What's right with Islam IS What's Right with America
    August 2006 By Devika Mistry

    One of the most vital, yet elusive questions of our time is what went wrong in the relationship between the Muslims and the West. 

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  • Ferguson's Fears
    July 2006 By Sundeep Waslekar

    About a year ago, I read an interesting article by Prof Niall Ferguson, drawing parallels between the period leading to the First World War and the current global scenario. More recently, I read his book The Pity of War, which analyses factors contributing to the First World War, including some reasons which have not been discussed much but which are very convincing. He makes a very persuasive argument that the First World War was a major error of the modern era. More significantly, it was an error that could have been avoided.

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  • Neil Fergusson, Collosus
    July 2006 By Sundeep Waslekar

    Prof Niall Ferguson’s Colossus is very strong in intellectual vigour. It is rather weak in its moral persuasion.


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  • When Will We See the Arabian Days?
    May 2006 By Sundeep Waslekar

    The conference centre at Sharm el Sheikh almost compares to the one in Davos. It is impossible to believe that it was built in less than eight months. The main plenary hall easily accommodates about 1500 participants. There are a good number of smaller meeting rooms, high quality acoustics, open meeting spaces and all that a modern convention centre can boast. However, the speed with which it was conceived and constructed is impossible to believe.

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  • House of Wisdom of the Twenty First Century
    May 2006 By Ilmas Futehally

    When I boarded the Qatar Airways flight on my return from Doha to Mumbai, I remembered a story. The ancient manuscripts of Greek, Indian and Arabic wisdom were on the verge of disappearance. One day, about a thousand years ago, King Al-Mamun, the son of Harun Al Rashid, decided to invest in translating and preserving the ancient wisdom. It did not matter how much it would cost. The royal court gathered all the intellectuals it could and commissioned them to bring best of the knowledge from far away and develop it....

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  • Eliot Weinberger, 9/12 New York After
    May 2006 By Anisa Virji

    Eliot Weinberger’s book 9/12: New York After is a series of essays, which he refers to as ‘snapshots’, of his personal impression; and the political reactions and consequences he expected in the days after 9/11. 

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  • Will they choose founding fathers or crusading conspirators?
    April 2006 By Sundeep Waslekar

    This happened at the beginning of a new century. The Western leaders came together to launch an attack on a strategically located nation in the East. As compared to the nations further to the East that sought to establish a global regime based on Islamic tenets, this nation was culturally closer to the West. But the Western leaders were not happy that the ruler of this nation had usurped power. They wanted to restore power to the legitimate leaders of the nation, living in asylum in the West, who promised them long term economic and security partnership.

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