The ideas of religious moderation and social modernization have been steadily pushed on the defensive in the four decades since 1979. Any effort to reverse 1979, therefore, must be welcomed in the Subcontinent.
An exploration of the factors behind the spread of sectarian identity politics in the Middle East.
While there is a Pakistani identity vis-à-vis the other countries that surround it, it is an identity that has been superimposed from above rather than created from below.
Frederic Wehrey discusses his new edited book on the factors behind sectarianism in the Middle East.
A new book describes how Pakistan unraveled and provides a blueprint for understanding declining pluralism across the Middle East.
Though it is fighting in Syria, the Turkestan Islamic Party remains firmly focused on Xinjiang.
The role of sharia in the Saudi state is likely to undergo significant changes.
The recent upheaval in Bihar is only the latest signal that the BJP is the new center of political gravity in a country long controlled by the storied Nehru-Gandhi dynasty of the Congress Party.
The rise of Hindu nationalism in India is transforming Indian Muslims into second class citizens, while the South Asian brand of Islam has lost some autonomy because of growing influence from the Gulf.
The ethnic and sectarian power-sharing systems in Lebanon and Iraq are in crisis.