Moin Qazi

Moin Qazi
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Moin Qazi is a banker, author and journalist. He holds doctorates in Economics and English. He received an Honorary D Litt at the World Congress of Poets at Istanbul in 1991. He is author of several books on Islam including biographies of Prophet Muhammad and Caliph Umar. His book "Women in Islam: Exploring New Paradigms" was published in January. He writes regularly for several international publications and was Visiting Fellow at the University of Manchester. He is based in Nagpur, India.

India’s NGO Boom Doesn’t Bode Well

The first-ever Indian state exercise to map registered NGOs has disclosed that India has at least 3.1 million NGOs — more than double the number of schools in the country, 250 times the number of government hospitals, and one NGO for 400 people as against one policeman for 709 people. When there are so many of them, there is a race,...

Affirmative action – A New Agenda for Indian Muslims

We are back to debating reservations  in India. The argument in favor of affirmative action — for groups that suffer substantial, pervasive and abiding forms of disadvantage — is compelling. Such disadvantage is self-perpetuating. Given the mechanics of social power and its translatability into political, cultural and economic power, external intervention is essential to break the vicious cycle. The demand...

How Relevant are Madrasas (Islamic Schools) in the Modern Age?

The recent decision of some of the provincial governments in India to derecognize madrasas (Islamic schools) for refusing to undergo reforms on the pattern mandated by the government has reignited the debate on their relevance. The debate has morphed into a full scale media and commentator war that endangers their very survival. The implacable media has continually targeted them...

The Tragedy in Mecca and Islamic Fatalism

The recent tragedies in Saudi Arabia that have led to hundreds of deaths has revived the debate on Islamic fatalism. The question of man's control over his destiny has been a topic of philosophical debate since ancient Greece. The dilemma goes like this: If humans have the ability to make decisions, this diminishes God's universal powers. But if God...

How Indian History Has Been Unfair to Its Muslim Legacy

The recent decision of the Indian government to rename Aurangzeb Road in New Delhi as Abul Kalam Road has raised a furious debate over the continuing maneuvers of Hindu nationalists to demonize the Muslim emperor. Surprisingly the strongest condemnation has come from non-Muslim intellectuals. Aurangzeb was perhaps the most pluralist Mughal emperor, but history has been unfair to him. The...

Media Must Shed Its Anti-Islam Bias

The sudden wave of interest in Islam across the world seemed to commence just after September 11, 2001. The Western media, television as well as print, devoted reams of paper and time slots to report incidents ranging from stories of conversion to Islam to booming sales of copies of the Quran. Somewhere along this line, Muslims and the media...

The Fallacy of the Muslim Population Explosion

Muslims are again in the thick of a furious debate in India. The controversy over the divorce procedures among Muslims was still in embers when the worn out theory of a Muslim population bomb was reignited once again. The latest census data in India has shown some interesting facts. The anti-Muslim lobby has cherry picked those findings that suit them...

Beyond the Veil: Empowering Muslim Women through Micro Loans

In remote crannies of developing countries, poor Muslim women are pooling their talents and resources to build a new synergy of collective empowerment to transform their lives. These small clusters  or collectives of women are known as Self-Help Groups. A Self-Help Group is a group of a few individuals—usually poor and often women—who pool their savings into a fund...

Muslim Women: Breaking the Glass Ceiling of Patriarchy

The last few days in India have seen Muslim divorce practices furiously dominate media space. In India, many of the rules governing women are “sanctioned by scripture” and therefore cannot be changed. Many women disagree and say that these laws are outdated and harmful and antithetical to the precepts of the Qur'an. They feel corrupted cultural practices dominated by...

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