An urgent crack down on these militants and their clerics, madrassas, literature and media that propagate such ideologies is necessary to protect vulnerable religious communities and secularists as well as the diverse and pluralistic fabric of Bangladeshi society.
Rising tensions following Saudi Arabia’s execution of a prominent Shia cleric have brought into focus the 1,400 year divide
Note: For more on the legend of Hussein's epic martyrdom, watch this or read the recently released 'God's Sacrifice: The
The reality is that Pakistan has become a basket case and has always teetered on being a failed state.
The global silence on the targeting of the Shia in Pakistan is sickening... Next time you hear a political leader speak about human rights, why don't you ask him where his voice was when Shia were being murdered in Pakistan? The Shia of Pakistan are an asset to Pakistan which should be protected at all costs. As politicians have rightly mentioned, if Jews left Europe, Europe would not be Europe any more. Well, if the Shia of Pakistan left Pakistan, Pakistan would not be Pakistan any more.
Last week, with little fanfare and under heavy security, an historic meeting took place in Rome which marked a turning point in interfaith relations. Inside the 16th century Casina Pio IV villa, home to the Vatican's Pontifical Academy of Sciences, seven clerics representing over five billion people overcame lingering traditions of suspicion to commit to the eradication of modern day slavery by the year 2020.
WARNING: Graphic images, viewer discretion is advised Devout Shiite Muslims have commemorated the martyrdom of the Prophet
The news is worrying. Maryam faces charges of insulting the King, assaulting an official (authorities say there was a scuffle when they took Maryam's phone, from which she was tweeting her experience), and running an organisation which named officials who had tortured political prisoners. She could face a long sentence.
British journalists are wrong. Countries do not frequently go to war without strategies, with flimsy aims, bad intel, or for spurious reasons. If it appears that they are doing so, then it is usually because war aims have to be concealed. Concealment can be necessary for many reasons.
The author has called it a "labour of love". Seven years of painstaking research and interviews all done alongside a full-time role at BBC Radio. The result of it all should prompt future generations as well as those alive today to show a debt of gratitude to Innes Bowen...