Sunday, March 30, 2008
There are some modern western authors who love to stay in
He has written several books about
His latest book is again about
He enjoys the Indian tradition of conversation. He writes “Conversation is an integral part of the Indian tradition that has influenced me. “Mark Tully seems convinced that religious doctrine should change with time, he writes “Doctrine has to develop in the light of new knowledge and the changing norms of society.” The idea of balance between reason and revelation isn’t new but it has taken several turn after the triumph of militant secularism.
Tully exhibits his behavior of learning through out his book. He talks about the communal harmony to sexuality and from unity to growth and development. It is really an addition of adventurous as well thought provoking book on my rack.
NAME OF THE BOOK:
AUTHOR: MARK TULLY
PUBLISHER: RIDER BOOK
REVIEW BY: MUSAB IQBAL
Thursday, March 27, 2008
The reality is that Islam & the West share a common tradition from the time of prophet Muhammad.Muslims have recognized this but the west cannot accept it.today some muslims are beginning to turn against the cultures of the people of the book,which have humiliated & despised them.They have even began to islamize their new hatred.The beloved figure of prophet became central to one of the latest clashes between islam & the west during the Salman Rushdie affair. If Muslims need to understand our western traditions & institutions more thoroughly today,we in the west need to divert ourselves of some of our old prejudiceperhaps one place to start is with the figure of Muhammad"a complex passionate man who sometimes did thingsnthat it is difficult for us to accept,but who has genius of a profound order & founded a religion & a cultural tradition that was not based on the sword - despite the western myth and whose name'Islam'signifies peaceand reconciliation.
THE PARADOX OF GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT
Since the end of Second World War, the world discovered a new god, god of development. This god has been exultantly worshipped by all developed countries of the west as well as in the poverty-stricken countries of Asia and
The Age of turbulence or the age of inequality
Alan Greenspan in his latest book ‘The age of turbulence’ talks about the future of the world, economic injustice,
Despite a glut of food, and a spectacular increase in the globe’s capacity to grow more, hunger remains one of the world’s major problems. According to the international food policy research institute in
Poverty is the major challenge for the world today. Nobel laureate Mohammed Younus writes in his book ‘Banker to the Poor’ that “Poverty does not belong to civilized human society.” But poverty not only stays in civilized society, it is the fate it seems with a sense of irony. Based on National Sample Survey data, this shows that a frightening 77 percent of
Here are some more data which explain the inequality and disparity in the world
· Half the world — nearly three billion people — live on less than two dollars a day
· The world’s richest 520 individuals have a combined income greater than that of the poorest 416 million (HDR’05)
· Richest 2 percent of the world’s adults own more than half of global household wealth (World distribution of Household wealth report)
· The richest 1 percent alone owned 40 percent of global assets in2000, for 85 percent of the world total.
· There is a perceptible increase in inter-personal wealth in-equality in
· The GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of the poorest 48 nations (i.e. a quarter of the world’s countries) is less than the wealth of the world’s three richest people combined.
· 20% of the population in the developed nations, consume 86% of the world’s goods. The top fifth of the world’s people in the richest countries enjoy 82% of the expanding export trade and 68% of foreign direct investment — the bottom fifth, barely more than 1%. In 1960, the 20% of the world’s people in the richest countries had 30 times the income of the poorest 20% — in 1997, 74 times as much
· The combined wealth of the world’s 200 richest people hit $1 trillion in 1999; the combined incomes of the 582 million people living in the 43 least developed countries is $146 billion
· A mere 12 percent of the world’s population uses 85 percent of its water, and these 12 percent do not live in the
· About 0.13% of the world’s population controlled 25% of the world’s assets in 2004
This is the story of rising inequalities and disparity almost everywhere in the world.
Mahbub ul haq, founder of Human development report explain development as “The basic purpose of development is to enlarge people's choices. In principle, these choices can be infinite and can change over time. People often value achievements that do not show up at all, or not immediately, in income or growth figures: greater access to knowledge, better nutrition and health services, more secure livelihoods, security against crime and physical violence, satisfying leisure hours, political and cultural freedoms and sense of participation in community activities. The objective of development is to create an enabling environment for people to enjoy long, healthy and creative lives."
Development must help in nourishing human soul and human values. Development without values will always cause injustice, inequality and turbulence. The role of develop society is not to humiliate and ruin the weaker one but to create opportunity for the development of all. The paradox of global development is apparent. In a world where people are dieing of hunger and poverty, the paradox is that in the same world individuals have enough money to spend on lewd things. According to a report available on internet every second $ 3,075.64 is spent on pornography, every second 28,258 internet viewers are watching pornographic sites and the annual revenue of pornographic site for the year 2006 was $ 97.06 billion. This ad hoc, abrupt and rapid change need to be checked to save not only humanity but the eco system as well.
Syed Musab iqbal