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Here are articles submitted by friends that are worthy of discussion though we may not subscribe to them in part (or even in full). The primary criterion for inclusion is that the submitter genuinely holds these beliefs and is willing to enter into dialogue with others, who are likewise attempting to get to the bottom of the issues. Wherever relevant, background notes on the friend and on the article have also been provided. Sunthar may have also added his own, hopefully measured, comments on the main argument. You'll find the correspondence (not only around these articles), at the "Between Mecca and Benares" (or other relevant) forum. Some of these dialogues—often multilogues—have been compiled, edited and reformatted into digests that are enumerated as hyperlinks within the last (Dialogues) item under participant's name below. Contributors should feel free to modify their views in the light of the evolving discussions.


Dialogues

 The Politics of Iconophilia: Idolatry, Iconoclasm, and the problem of representing God ( Sep 2006 - ) [counters temporarily disabled]

Alain Lamballe (click Alain Lamballe to see his individual profile and links to his content)

Asghar Ali Engineer

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Visit Asghar's Center for Study of Society and Secularism website [external] - biodata (note) [counters temporarily disabled]

Is progressive Islam possible? (Islam and Modern Age, September 2006) [counters temporarily disabled]

Identity in a multireligious society (Secular Perspective, April 16-30. 2006) s-frame.php"> Globalization and Emerging Challenges to Islam in Asia (April 2005) [counters temporarily disabled]

Contemporary Challenges to Secularism & Democracy: a religious response (April 05) [counters temporarily disabled]

M. N. Roy on the Historical Role of Islam (March 2005) [counters temporarily disabled]

Indian Muslims and the Muslim Personal Law Board (Feb. 16-28, 2005) [counters temporarily disabled]

Islam, The Islamic World, and Gender Justice (November 2004) [counters temporarily disabled]

On Multiple Understandings of the Qur'an (September 2004[counters temporarily disabled]

Modern Muslim Intellectuals and the Qur'an (date?) [counters temporarily disabled]

Intra-Muslim Sectarian Relations - interviewed by Yoginder Sikand (note) [counters temporarily disabled]

Quest for an Islamic Theology of Peace and Religious Pluralism (note) [counters temporarily disabled]

Bhadrakumar, M. K. (Eurasia)

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Musharraf remains the US's best option (17 Nov 2007; Asia Times Online) [external]

Saudi monarch woos Turkey's Islamists (12 Nov 2007; Asia Times Online) [external]

Afghanistan rocked by northern bombing (08 Nov 2007; Asia Times Online) [external]

Pakistan shakes off US shackles (06 Nov 2007; Asia Times Online) [external]

Iran looms over Turkey crisis diplomacy (25 Oct 2007; Asia Times Online) [external]

Benazir's second homecoming (20 Oct 2007; Asia Times Online) [external]

Russia bolsters ties with Iran (22 Sep 2007; Asia Times Online) [external]

Deep flaws in Afghan peace drive (15 Sep 2007; Asia Times Online) [external]

Afghan bridge exposes huge divide (05 Sep 2007; Asia Times Online) [external]

Gridlock on Pakistan's road to change (31 Aug 2007; Asia Times Online) [external]

Afghanistan's ball back in Pakistan's court (18 Aug 2007; Asia Times Online) [external]

Turkey: Islamists pay a price for victory (28 Jul 2007; Asia Times Online) [external]

Turks want a hard bargain with the US (27 Jul 2007; Asia Times Online) [external]

A change of US plan for Pakistan (25 Jul 2007; Asia Times Online) [external]

Turkey's election has no losers (21 Jul 2007; Asia Times Online) [external]

Pakistan heading for a crackdown (13 Jul 2007; Asia Times Online) [external]

Russia's tango with Tehran (26 Jun 2007; Asia Times Online) [external]

Turkey not done with the Kurds (12 Jun 2007; Asia Times Online) [external]

Bad blood spreads to Afghanistan's north (30 May 2007; Asia Times Online) [external]

Tehran ignores the bluff and bluster (26 May 2007; Asia Times Online) [external]

Afghan battle lines become blurred (19 May 2007; Asia Times Online) [external]

Iran and the US: At least they're talking (10 May 2007; Asia Times Online) [external]

Why Iran spurned a US handshake (08 May 2007; Asia Times Online) [external]

US ally Musharraf in a tangle over Iran (07 May 2007; Asia Times Online) [external]

The week that transformed Turkey (04 May 2007; Asia Times Online) [external]

Iran, US take their fight to Afghanistan (21 Apr 2007; Asia Times Online) [external]

What Turkey teaches about democracy (19 Apr 2007; Asia Times Online) [external]

Iraqi Kurds play with Turkish fire (14 Apr 2007; Asia Times Online) [external]

The chimera of Arab solidarity (11 Apr 2007; Asia Times Online) [external]

A Turkish puzzle over Iraq (06 Apr 2007; Asia Times Online) [external]

US shadow over China-Russia ties (31 Mar 2007; Asia Times Online) [external]

Iran stands its ground in Baghdad (13 Mar 2007; Asia Times Online) [external]

Iran and the US: At least they're talking (10 Mar 2007; Asia Times Online) [external]

US ally Musharraf in a tangle over Iran  (06 Mar 2007; Asia Times Online) [external]

Cheney meets a general in his labyrinth (01 Mar 2007; Asia Times Online) [external]

Foreign devils in the Iranian mountains (24 Feb 2007; Asia Times Online) [external]

Russia straddles Sunni-Shi'ite divide (17 Feb 2007; Asia Times Online) [external]

India on the front line in energy war (14 Feb 2007; Asia Times Online) [external]

Gas: Iran turns up the heat (10 Feb 2007; Asia Times Online) [external]

Ahmadinejad held hostage to bazaar politics  (03 Feb 2007; Asia Times Online) [external]

US elevates Pakistan to regional kingpin (27 Jan 2007; Asia Times Online) [[external]

Russia's tango with Tehran (20 Jan 2007; Asia Times Online) [[external]

China's Middle East journey via Jerusalem  (13 Jan 2007; Asia Times Online) [external]

'The door we never opened ...'  (06 Jan 2007; Asia Times Online) [external]

The Great Game on a razor's edge (23 Dec 2006; Asia Times Online) [[external]

Outsourcing the Afghan problem (12 Dec 2006; Asia Times Online) [external]

The Saudis strike back at Iran (28 Nov 2006; Asia Times Online) [external]

Russia and China create their own orbit (11 Nov 2006; Asia Times Online) [external]

Kyrgyzstan caught in US-Russia squeeze (07 Nov 2006; Asia Times Online) [external]

Rice gets a taste of tough love (27 Oct 2006; Asia Times Online) [external]

Russian energy: Europe's pride, US's envy (14 Oct 2006; Asia Times Online) [external]

Spy spat has a counterpunch (06 Oct 2006; Asia Times Online) [external]

Afghanistan: Why NATO cannot win (30 Sep 2006; Asia Times Online) [external]

Turkey's high-stakes march into Lebanon (09 Sep 2006; Asia Times Online) [external]

Moscow making Central Asia its own (25 Aug 2006; Asia Times Online) [external]

Be skeptical ... be very skeptical (17 Aug 2006; Asia Times Online) [external]

Turks want a hard bargain with the US (27 Jul 2006; Asia Times Online) [external]

The roots of Muslim anger in India (15 Jul 2006; Asia Times Online) [external]

Iran plays by its own rules (24 Jun 2006; Asia Times Online) [external]

US 'allies' keep Iran options open (06 Jun 2006; Asia Times Online) [external]

The 'Great Game' comes to South Asia (23 May 2006; Asia Times Online) [external]

Cool in Ankara: A partnership under strain (29 Apr 2006; Asia Times Online) [external]

Kyrgyzstan edging toward more turmoil (27 Apr 2006; Asia Times Online) [external]

China, Russia welcome Iran into the fold (18 Apr 2006; Asia Times Online) [external]

'Searching for attackers lurking in the night' (08 Apr 2006; Asia Times Online) [external]

Revolutions gone astray in Eurasia (31 Mar 2006; Asia Times Online) [external]

The facade of Afghan-Pakistani tensions (13 Mar 2006; Asia Times Online) [external]

US caught in Iran policy squeeze  (07 Jan 2006; Asia Times Online) [external]

Iran wins big in Iraq's elections (20 Dec 2005; Asia Times Online) [external]

A dust storm over the Holocaust (13 Dec 2005; Asia Times Online) [external]

The US ties that tangle Iraq and Iran (29 Nov 2005; Asia Times Online) [external]

Karzai grabs a tiger by the tail (23 Sep 2005; Asia Times Online) [external]

Left, right: Iran and Venezuela in lockstep (08 Jul 2005; Asia Times Online) [external]

Smokescreens in Afghanistan (25 Jun 2005; Asia Times Online) [external]

Into the valley of death ...  (16 Jun 2005; Asia Times Online) [external]

Shadows across the Bosphorous (10 Jun 2005; Asia Times Online) [external]

Revisiting the Iranian revolution (09 Jun 2005; Asia Times Online) [external]

Catalysts of conflict in Central Asia (02 Jun 2005; Asia Times Online) [external]

The lessons from Ferghana (18 May 2005; Asia Times Online) [external]

The 'Talibanization' of Central Asia (12 May 2005; Asia Times Online) [external]

Iraq key to US-Iran engagement (19 Apr 2005; Asia Times Online) [external]

Fergana's ghosts haunt Central Asia (24 Mar 2005; Asia Times Online) [external]

Central Asia sidesteps a revolution (06 Mar 2005; Asia Times Online) [external]

Pakistani oil diplomacy at a crossroads (19 Feb 2005; Asia Times Online) [external]

US takes a new tack (09 Feb 2005; Asia Times Online) [external]

Who's afraid of Rashid Dostum? (29 Jan 2005; Asia Times Online) [external]

India finds a $40bn friend in Iran (11 Jan 2005; Asia Times Online) [external]

South Asia in a spot over Iran (16 Nov 2004; Asia Times Online) [external]

Afghan 'warlord' put to the sword (16 Sep 2004; Asia Times Online) [external]

India, Pakistan and the 'peace' pipeline (15 Sep 2004; Asia Times Online) [external]

Afghanistan: Pakistan's 'new force' to the rescue? (17 Oct 2002; Asia Times Online) [external]

Dania Rari Pratiwi

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 Imams, Rabbis share the same prayer for peace (April 30, 2006) [external]

Dileep Karanth (Hindu Civilization, Indo-Roma)

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Khalil Jaouiche, India's Contribution to Arab mathematics (Nov. 1997) - source of English translation, original French paper

 Hindu-Buddhist Conflict in the Chachnama: Fact or Fiction? (2008)

  Amir Khusrau's Contributions to Indian Music: a preliminary survey (2008) [counters temporarily disabled]

 Andre Malraux on India and Bangladesh (Sulekha - Aug 2005) [external]

Dmitry V. Shlapentokh (Athens, Eurasia)

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Russian Elite Image of Iran: From the Late Soviet Era to the Present (16 Sep 2009) - Strategic Studies Institute [counters temporarily disabled]

Caucasus becomes a new hotbed of extremism (06 Sep 2007) [external]

Iran's practical nationalism (06 June 2007; ATO) []

An appeal for empire, Theology of Discontent by Hamid Dabashi (19 May 2007) [external]

The intellect behind Islamic radicalism: the power of sovereignty (24 Mar 2007) [external]

A primer for transforming West; A Brief Guide to Islam by Paul Grieve (23 Nov 2006; ATO review) [external]

Putin's war with radical Islamists (08 Mar 2006; Asia Times Online) [external]

Making enemies friends over Iran (08 Feb 2006; Asia Times Online) [external]

Does the World Want America to Leave Iraq (1 / 2006; WorldandI.com) [external]

Not one but many Islams; The Future of Political Islam by Graham E Fuller  (05 Feb 2005, ATO) [external]

Farish Ahmad-Noor (click Farish Noor to see his individual profile and links to his content)

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Félix Savarel

Psychology of Islamism (français) - summary, introduction  - 2012

Gautam Sen

Iqbal Surani (français)

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 Explanation of the virtues of Knowledge in the Kalâm-i Maulâ (French) - 2003

Jean-Marc de Grave (friends, français)

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 Ritual Initiation & Martial Arts: Three Schools of Javanese Kanuragan (French) - 2002 [counters temporarily disabled]

 Chapter 4: Intermediary phase (French) - 2001 [translation pending]

 Chapter 6: Theatrical repertory, Kanuragan, Mystique & Creation Myth of Javanese writing (French) - 2001 [counters temporarily disabled]

Joaquin Albaicin (español)

 So-called "Holy War" in Kashmir - newspaper article [Dec 1999- Jan 2000] - Spanish

Maria Ali-Adib

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Children of Abraham - Jewish-Muslim dialogue  (2004 photo-essay; fact-sheet) - note [external]

Martin Riesebrodt

Mary Searle-Chatterjee

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Islamicization in a Globalizing Context [1994] - English

Mohammad-Réza Fashahi

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Learn more about Mohammad's work on Islamic thought (note)

Nasrin Qader

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Check out Nasrin's faculty page at Northwestern University  (note[external]

Research program on Hindu-Muslim acculturation (2009) [counters temporarily disabled]

Narratives of catastrophe: Boris Diop, ben Jelloun, Khatibi (16 March 2009[external]

Pathmarajah Nagalingam (Hinduism)

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 Teachings of the Quran

Dialogues: Politics of iconophilia

Paul Fenton (Jerusalem, français)

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  Visit Paul's homepages at the Laboratory for the Study of Monotheisms (CNRS) - note [external]

 The Exile in the  Maghreb - the Jewish condition in Islam (1148-1912) - French - note [external]

  Scriptural exegesis in Kabbala and Sufism (French video, 26  Feb 2009) - note [external]

 Lesser and greater Jihad in Sufism and Judaism ( YouTube, Lapis Magazine 2007) - note [external]

The Treatise of the Pool: Al-Mawala Al Hawdiyya (Obadyah Maimonides) - June 1981

Rajinder Singh Mago

 Rajinder's original Op-Ed on Oak Creek Gurdwara massacre - DTC 17 Aug version with Asian American Institute

 Visit Punjab Cultural Society of Chicago, Parliament of Religions, Palatine Gurdwara  [external]

Rajiv Malhotra

 Read Rajiv's articles and  columns at Sulekha (note) [external]

 Dialogues:  

Rana P.B. Singh

Muslim Shrines and Multi-Religious Visitations in Hindus’
city of Banaras, India: Co-existential Scenario
(2013)

On Banaras: Ghalib’s The Lamp of the Temple (2004)

The Muslim World: Bismillah’s The Threadbare Woven Shawl (2004)

Sadia Shepard (Jerusalem)

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Visit Sadia's homepage for filmography, photos, writing, events, press notes, etc. - note [external]

The Global Family - review of Minal Hajratwala, Leaving India: My Family's Journey from Five Villages to Five Continents

Squalor not Scenery: The Real Roots of the ‘Slumdog’ Protests (20 February 2009) - note [external]

Targeting tolerance in Bombay (04 December 2008) - note [external]

Umair Ahmed Muhajir (Friends)

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 Check out Umair's Qalandari blogspot of opinions, reviews, etc. [external]

 Movie Reviews: Govind Nihalani's Dev; Shabd  (note)

 Dialogues: Bollywood; universalism;

Visuvalingam, Sunthar & Elizabeth (Mecca, Banaras, Jerusalem, Lhasa, Madurai, tradition)

 Between Srinagar and Benares: Kashmir's Contribution towards a Synthesis of Indian Culture (1991)

 Between Mecca and Benares: Towards an Acculturation model of Hindu-Muslim relations (1993)

 Hindu-Muslim conflict in Colonial Banaras: from the Lât Bhairõ riots of 1809 to 'Gandhian' civil disobedience of 1911 (1994)

 Bhairava in Banaras: Negotiating Sacred Spaces and Religious Identity (2006)

 Muslim allegories on the taste of Love: becoming God’s image (Evam 2006)

Yoginder Sikand (Friends)

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 Visit Yoginder's Qalandar site on Islam and Interfaith dialogue in South Asia (note) [external]

 List of Yoginder's print and online publications (as of June 2004) [counters temporarily disabled]

 Beyond ‘Hindu’ and ‘Muslim’: Dara Shikoh’s Quest for Spiritual Unity (note) [counters temporarily disabled]

 The Muslim Rishis of Kashmir: Crusaders for Love and Justice (2004) [counters temporarily disabled]

 Hamid’s Message to the World: A Kashmiri Cry for Sanity (2004) [counters temporarily disabled]

 Islam, Peace and Kashmir: A Jammu Ahmadi Speaks (2004) [counters temporarily disabled]

 Spread of Christianity in Kashmir and Its Unholy Designs - book review (2004) [counters temporarily disabled]

 Asghar ‘Ali Engineer's Quest for Islamic Theology of Peace & Religious Pluralism - (2004) [counters temporarily disabled]

Intra-Muslim Sectarian Relations - interview with Asghar Ali Engineer (2004)

 Ashura message: Hindu Followers of a Muslim Imam (2004) [counters temporarily disabled]

 'Civic, democratic Islam': America's desperate search for the 'Liberal' Muslim (2004) [counters temporarily disabled]

 Khaled Abou El Fadl, Islam and the Challenge of Democracy (book review 2004) [counters temporarily disabled]

 Islam and Interfaith dialogue - interview with Ghulam Rasul Malik (2004) [counters temporarily disabled]

Chitralekha Zutshi, Languages of Belonging: Islam, Regional identity and Making of Kashmir (2004) [counters temporarily disabled]

Muzaffar Alam: The Language of Political Islam in India, c.1200-1800 (2004) [counters temporarily disabled]

Jackie Assayag, Confluence of Two Rivers: Muslims and Hindus in South India (2003) [counters temporarily disabled]

Jama'at-i-Islami reform movement in Kerala -  interview with Siddiq Hassan (2004) [counters temporarily disabled]

Islam, Feminism and Islamic Education in Indonesia - interview with Lily Zakiyah Munir (2004) [counters temporarily disabled]

Hindu-Muslim Relations and Intra-Muslim Sectarian Disputes in India - Waris Mazhari (2004) [counters temporarily disabled]

Maulana Kalbe Sadiq's approach to Gender relations - an Islamic critique of Patriarchy (2004) [counters temporarily disabled]