keywords: Jihad

  • AUSTRALIA

    Iraq's Asia Cup victory hides reality of ungovernable society

    • Scott Stephens
    • 08 August 2007
    5 Comments

    The press coverage of Iraq’s surprise victory in the Asian Cup final was — as Ernst Bloch might have put it — full of utopian sentiment. The win was, admittedly, a remarkable achievement, but one that hardly accounted for the sheer exuberance of the outpoured emotion that followed.

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  • RELIGION

    Why militant anti-theism is a God-send

    • Scott Stephens
    • 18 May 2007
    26 Comments

    The term “atheist” seems too respectable for the position occupied by commentators such as Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins. They are anti-theists, opposed in principle to every last attachment to the divine, leading many to accuse them of a kind of inverted fundamentalism that lacks the core modern virtue of tolerance or respect for others.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Reviving the domino theory

    • Daniel Baldino
    • 18 May 2007
    1 Comment

    The notion of preventing Islamic influence has strong echoes of the simple Cold War ‘domino theory’. This powerful metaphor and enemy image, popular in the 1950s and 1960s and used to justify US military intervention in Southeast Asia, was later widely criticised for its undeveloped and unstructured generalisations about political systems that are quite different.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Zarqawi’s death a turning point in Iraq?

    • James Massola
    • 27 February 2007

    The death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi last Wednesday has the potential to be a major turning point in Iraq for both the civilian government, and for the coalition forces. What happens next could shape Iraq's future.

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  • RELIGION

    Islamic elites’ construction of Islamic martyrdom

    • Abraham Rushdi
    • 27 February 2007
    1 Comment

    The full text of "The selling of Islamic martyrdom and why some buy it", by Abraham Rushdi.

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  • RELIGION

    The selling of Islamic martyrdom and why some buy it

    • Abraham Rushdi
    • 23 December 2006
    1 Comment

    There is a strong argument that the Qur'an does not sanction the use of martyrdom operations. But it must be asked why radical interpretations of the Qur'an resonate with some Muslim communities.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Personal odyssey in the steps of three Gobi women

    • James Massola
    • 23 December 2006
    1 Comment

    After discovering books by three women, a Lonely Planet editor from Melbourne resolves to follow in their footsteps, in the hope of giving some purpose to her aimless wanderlust.

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  • RELIGION

    The battle of ideas within Islam

    • Julian Madsen
    • 13 November 2006
    6 Comments

    For many, the War on Terror equals a War against Islam. Yet there is a real battle of ideas within Islam that is rarely heard by the West.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Pakistani tribal areas key to the War on Terror

    • Suzanna Koster
    • 04 September 2006
    1 Comment

    Most analysts agree that fighting terrorism is not just a matter of using military force. Pakistan has to combine military, political and socio-economic development, to counter terrorism in the long-run. But this is easier said then done.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Monster-making mutes purposeful alarm

    • Michael Mullins & James Massola
    • 04 September 2006
    1 Comment

    Last week, 'Jihad' Jack Thomas was recalled from a beach holiday with his family after he had a control order placed on him. Our capacity to respond to alarm is diminished by the media's manufacturing of monsters to sell papers and compete for ratings and website hits.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The coalition of the unwilling

    • Jack Waterford
    • 05 July 2006

    John Howard probably committed Australia to a coalition of the willing two or three months before the Opposition suspects he did.

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  • RELIGION

    How do believers deal with violence in their Scriptures?

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 26 June 2006
    7 Comments

    Muslim and Christian Scriptures both seem to endorse violence. This poses shared difficulties for interpreters of each faith. They need to explain how the Koran and the Bible can be described as the Word of God.

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