ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Minority Identity and Gender Concerns

Recent developments in the realm of matrimonial legislation - the path-breaking Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutional validity of the controversial Muslim Women's Act and the passage of the amendments to the Indian Divorce Act - are an interesting study of the issue of gender justice and minority women in a communally vitiated atmosphere.

September 11: Many Messages

The terrorist attacks of September 11 hold major messages for the US, the rulers of Muslim countries and for terrorists who speak in the name of Islam.

New 'New War' and an Old Problem

Islamisation in modern times is not simply a throwback to the past. It evolved in the schools in Deoband as a form of Islamic revival to form trans-regional identities under colonialism. And jihad may seem like a reasonable option in establishing these identities.

Countering Fundamentalism

Given its fundamentalist rhetoric, it would be surprising if SIMI's attacks on other faiths and its strident championing of the dream of an Islamist Khilafat would not have further exacerbated communal tensions in those parts of the country where it is active. But if the government is serious about countering organisations like SIMI it would do well to turn its attention to redressing the growing alienation and insecurity of Muslims in the country which provide fertile ground for these organisations to take root and for their propaganda to fall on receptive ears.

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