Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue - “a Big Litmus Test for

2012-08-25 15:26:00

       Dr. Nazila Isgandarova Journal of Turkish Weekly Saturday, 25 August 2012   Dr. Nicolas Berger, the head of Amnesty International’s (AI) European Institutions Office, told Deutsche Welle in July that the fundamental regarding the problem of refugees and asylum-seekers has not changed. In recent years, AI has also issued several statements, which criticize the EU for failing to provide a better situation to handle of North African refugees, who struggle to reach Europe by boat. The statements sounded as though the EU was losing its unquestioned and envied place among the defenders of human rights. Dr. Berger expressed in his article Human Rights: The Basis of Harmony that anti-Semitism in increasing in EU. Both European Jews and European Muslims are subject to discrimination and are often indiscriminately associated with extremist views and violent ideologies or the situation in Middle East.  Roma people and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) populations are also among the discriminated groups. However, Islamophobia in Europe is becoming worse with “a more recent phenomenon coinciding with the large-scale arrival of Muslim immigrants in most western European countries over the last 50 years.” It is true that Europe experienced the flow of Muslim immigrants since WWII and since then, the number of Muslims increased due to family unifications and high birth rates. The first generation of Muslims who came from the rural areas of the Muslim countries was not well educated. They worked in the labour market of EU as cheap, unskilled or semi-skilled workers. In 1970s, the economic recession forced the governments bring restrictions to the admission of the cheap labour forces from the Muslim countries. In 1980 and 1990s, the refugees from... Devamı

What is Shocking” in Ethnic Cleansing against Muslims in Burma

2012-08-13 15:18:00

    Monday, 13 August 2012, Journal of Turkish Weekly by Dr. Nazila Isgandarova, Contributor Prime Minister Erdoğan's wife Emine Erdogan and daughter Sumeyye Edogan visited Myanmar with a great hope to break the Ramadan fast with the Arakan Muslims in the camps in Switt. The main question before the Turkish delegates to Myanmar is to get accurate information about the situation and to figure out what Turkey can do in terms of providing humanitarian aid to people afflicted by the events.  For more, please, visit: Devamı

Indifference of the World towards the Burmese Muslims

2012-07-24 22:37:00

Today's Zaman, July 24, 2012*.html  Dr. Nazila Isgandarova Not many international organizations take an action and urge their governments to put a pressure on the Burmese government to stop the massacre of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.             The world’s major media corporations also seem to be indifferent to the recent events in Burma, where thousands of the Rohingya Muslims have been massacred in the Arakan region in few days. According to the Platform, a UK-based human rights organization, 6,000 homes belonging to the Rohingya Muslims were burnt during the unrest. A group of extremist Rakhine nationalists killed and burnt alive at least 650 Rohingya Muslims and raped hundreds of women in the region from June 10 to 28. There are at least 1,200 Muslims reported missing and more than 80,000 others were displaced.  The London-based Equal Rights Trust reported that the Burmese army and police also play a leading role in a recent arbitrary violence against Rohingaya Muslims.         The United Nations listed the Rohingya Muslims asthe most persecuted and discriminated minorities of the world. The country, for years, suffered from the lack of investment, the standards of intellectual property and predictability of sustainable growth. Burma is also one of the world’s most corrupt countries. The Rohingya Muslims massacre took a place before  Obama administration’s permission for American companies to invest in Myanmar’s oil and gas resources. Very recently US  eased sanctions against the Burmese government but urged Myanmar’s president, Thein Sein, to make a macro change in economic and political fields. Thein Sein was a former ... Devamı

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2012-07-23 16:42:00

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The religion game in Syria

2012-06-29 21:46:12

  5 June 2012 / DR. NAZILA ISGANDAROVA, TODAY'S ZAMAN Syrians are struggling to establish stability and peace. However, it seems it is taking longer than expected. The problem is not only that the Syrian government is waging war against its own citizens and resisting the establishment of democracy. The major problem is the division and ethnic and religious diversity of the country, which prevents people from uniting against the common enemy. The country is home to Sunni Arabs, Maronite Christians, Arabic-speaking Greek Orthodox Christians, Aramaic-speaking Christians, Arabic-speaking Alawites, Muslim Gypsies, Armenians, Jews, Yezidis, Kurdish-speaking Sunnis and nomadic Sunni Bedouin. The current Syrian government belongs to the Arabic-speaking Alawites. Some political leaders try to use religion and sects as ploys to paint the conflict as a conflict between the majority Sunnis and minority Alawites, a branch of Shiite Islam. Have they been successful? The answer is “Yes,” which forces us to look at history to understand the reasons for their success. The problem between the Shiites and Sunnis has existed for centuries, starting with the death of the Prophet Muhammad. However, Muslims, especially in the ninth-10th centuries, realized their need for a sound dogma to protect the vitality, unity and harmony of the Muslim community. This argument could throw some light on the establishment of Sunni Islam as a common dogma. The emergence of Sunni self-awareness was a response to the religious and political crisis in Muslim society in the ninth century. At that time, both Sunnis and Shiites had similarities and differences; however, the Sunni groups accepted the existence of the sunna of the Prophet as the general scheme for “the roots of law,” the principles of Quranic exegesis, etc. On the other hand, the Shiites gave a special place to Ali and dissociated themselves from other companions of the Prophet. The sharp ... Devamı