Tag: Ulama

On Minority Rights in Pakistan

It is astonishing to see that the so-called Ulama offer historical truths to their audiences without ever mentioning that history is not really transparent and unmotivated and often presents the views and perceptions of the dominant groups. The treatment of religious minorities is also based in this flawed retrieval of historical truth and this atavistic…

Hate Speech, Mullahs and the Pakistani Public

While we all have responded in different ways to the recent murders of Salman Taseer and Shahbaz Bhatti, we also need to push for the regulation, definition, and prosecution of hate-speech so freely aired by the mullahs. In a recent set of Friday sermons recorded by activists associated with Mashal Books, one aspect of this…

Pakistani Ulama and Their Rhetoric (8): Maulana Muhammad Mukhtar

(From Mashal Books) Speaker: Maulana Muhammad Mukhtar Location: Jamia Masjid Anwar Madina, Narang Mandi, Sheikhupura Sect: Barelvi Language: Urdu Time: June 2010 Audio: Partial Clip: [audio:http://www.thepakistanforum.net-content/uploads/2011/02/Maulana-Muhammad-Mukhtar1.mp3|titles=Maulana Muhammad Mukhtar] Full Audio Clip: (Follow this link) Transcript: Says Abu Bakr Farsi Shafei: the punishment for the insulter of the Prophet PBUH is death. There is no other…

Pakistani Ulama and Their Rhetoric (7): Maulana Muhammad Yasin

(From Mashal Books) Speaker: Maulana Muhammad Yasin Location: Jamia Masjid Ahle Hadith, Chakwal Sect: Ahle Hadith Language: Punjabi Time: June 2010 Audio Partial Clip:[audio:http://www.thepakistanforum.net-content/uploads/2011/02/Maulana-M.-Yasin1.mp3|titles=Maulana M. Yasin] Full Audio Clip: Click Here. Transcript: At the time of the Battle Uhud, Khalid bin Walid was not yet a Muslim. He was a clever military commander. Khalid said…

Pakistani Ulama and Their Rhetoric (1): Maulana Asmatullah

(From Mashal Books) This is the first recorded sermon that we are posting on our website. As you read the transcript and listen to the audio, it is important to keep the speaker’s sectarian affiliations in mind. This sermon is by a scholar from the Deobandi group of Indian Islam. Trained according to the curriculum…

Auctoritas, Potestas, and the Talibanistic Imaginary (Part 1-6)*

(This is a provisional summary of what I have written on this topic so far) In discussing the complex concept of the “State of Exception” Georgio Agamben traces the origin of current normative and central role of the State of Exception through a discussion of the two competing Roman concepts of Auctoritas and Potestas. Auctoritas,…

The scapegoating of Muslims

Published in Viewpoint, October 22, 2010 It is no secret that the right wing pundits and politicians in the United States have always used simplistic and reductive framing of issues to appeal to the emotions and fears of the American public. In his book Moral Politics (U of Chicago P, 2002), George Lakoff explains how…