Who speaks for Islam: Part I

Who speaks for Islam: Part I

By John Esposito and Dalia Mogahed

What do the world’s one billion Muslims really think? What does the silent majority of Muslims want for their lives, and in their politics? Why are the aspirations of the vast majority of Muslims in direct contrast to most of the world’s impressions of Muslims?

In this five-part series, carried every Friday during Ramadan, Gulf News publishes excerpts from the fascinating conclusions of the largest ever opinion survey of the world’s Muslims, carried out by Gallup. Who speaks for Islam by John Esposito and Dalia Mogahed was published by Gallup Press.

Islam’s silenced majority

New book makes a case for democratising the debate about 9/11 and its after-effects.

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Thailand’s emergency rule may play into the hands of rebels who want to bring the democratically elected government down.

By Jaimie Seaton and George Wehrfritz | Newsweek Web Exclusive

They’ve occupied the prime minister’s office, stormed airports near popular beach resorts and crippled national railway service across Thailand. Next up, the coalition of antigovernment agitators calling itself the People’s Alliance for Democracy vows to cut power, water and telephone service in the capital, Bangkok, then incite labor unions to declare a general strike. Though such tactics echo past “people power” uprisings in neighboring Indonesia and the Philippines, they’re means to a very different end in Thai politics today: the People’s Alliance campaign, launched back in May, aims to unseat a government put into power just seven months ago in elections widely hailed as free and fair.

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Bomb blast destroys hydropower generator in Myanmar

YANGON, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) — A bomb blast in Hpa-an township, Myanmar’s northeastern Kayin state, Saturday destroyed a hydropower generator, the official newspaper New Light of Myanmar confirmed on Sunday.

    The bomb, which went off near the generator on Hpa-an-Hlinebwe road in Mebaung village of the township on Saturday afternoon, caused damage to the 50-KVA generator and broke some windows of the office, a windscreen and two side windows of a car, leaving a staff member slightly injured in his right arm, the report said.

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DVB:What do the Thai demonstrations mean for Burma?

Sep 5, 2008 (DVB)–Political tensions are running high in Thailand, with demonstrators from the People’s Alliance for Democracy calling for the resignation of the government led by Samak Sundaravej. 

While the likely outcome of the protests is not yet clear, any new developments could have a significant impact on Thai-Burmese relations and on the political situation in Burma.


Kavi Chongkittavorn, editor of the Nation, said he did not expect the demonstrations to lead to another coup.

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Arbitrary Rule by Law and Racial Discriminations causing difficulties even for the Burmese Muslim professionals’ migration to Malaysia

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