A weirdly strange notion about human procreation – that a child’s identity is derived exclusively from its father – is given wide-spread credence throughout the Middle East. The consequences are tragic, infinitely cruel and extremely bloody …..
….. editorial by Paul D Kennedy Continue reading “The Seed & the Soil”
Most people believe that Islamic political theory is anti-democratic, ie it does not allow for rule by the people. This is not true at all. In fact, in Islamic jurisprudence rulers are only considered legitimate provided they have the consent of those they govern. However the notions that underpin Islamic democracy are very different from the ideas that form the conceptual basis of Western political democracy.
An understanding of what democracy actually means in the context of Islam shows firstly that the countries in the Middle East that claim to be Islamic fall well short of the Islamic ideal. An understanding may also provide pointers as to how ‘spreading democracy’ in the Arabic world can be achieved …..
….. editorial by Paul D Kennedy
Continue reading “Islam & Democracy”
Wearing the niqab or face-veil in public is highly controversial. There are good reasons why the practice should not be allowed. And there are few reasons why women of religion should wish to do so …..
….. editorial by Paul D Kennedy Continue reading “The Niqab & All That”
Female suicide-bombers epitomize the horrors spawned by the ideology of Islamic jihadis. But they were not a jihadi innovation. The politics of the first female suicide-bombers were decidedly secular and jihadis only began using them after their effectiveness had been demonstrated by non-Islamic terrorists …..
….. editorial from Paul D Kennedy Continue reading “From Black Tigers to Black Widows”
Being able to externalize our memory and decision-making capacity is what the information age is all about …..
….. editorial by Paul D Kennedy Continue reading “The Magic of the Information Age”