Occasional Papers: Bridging the Muslim and Western World for Peace and Development

Occasional Papers: Bridging the Muslim and Western World for Peace and Development

This issue highlights the keynote address ‘Bridging the Muslim and Western World for Peace and Development‘ from the World Muslim Leadership Forum: Muslim World in the Face of the New World Economic Order (organised by Faith Regen Foundation and the Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute) given by His Royal Highness Raja Nazrin Shah, Crown Prince of Perak, Malaysia on 7th October 2010.

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Arches Quarterly: Vol 3 Edition 5 (2.29MB)

Arches Quarterly: Vol 3 Edition 5 (2.29MB)

A quarterly journal providing deeper and nuanced analysis of the issues and developments in the arena of dialogue, civilizations, and a rapprochement between Islam and the West

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In this edition, Arches Quarterly  provides deep analysis on war, peace and reconciliation. As individuals, groups and societies, we cannot circumvent these as they involve us all in some form or  another either through our beliefs, ideals or socio and geo-political circumstances.

Discussion Paper on Preventing Violence and Extremism

Discussion Paper on Preventing Violence and Extremism

There is great concern about the seriousness of the allegations about the PVE program.  These concerns are emanating from real life stories which are giving rise to a culture of fear and mistrust.

 

For  organsisations like The Cordoba Foundation such concerns are disastrous for the work that we are doing.  Thus a lot more consultation and discussion will be needed to ensure that the program is amended to avoid such mistakes in the future.

 

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Briefing Paper: Preventing Violent Extremism

Briefing Paper: Preventing Violent Extremism

Seldom has a concept been made use of and discussed as much as ‘Violent Extremism’.  Of course questions are raised as to the root causes of violent extremism and how it is dealt with.

 

There are many challenges involved when trying to tackle and prevent violent extremism. It is important for those involved within social cohesion work that those who propogate the message of violence and harm to people should be dealt with.  However recent reports by the Guardian and The Institute of Race Relations raises concerns about the viability of such programs for the future.

 

The Cordoba Foundation is very concerned that if the program is being implemented as it is currently being claimed, it is failing to address some of the root causes of the problems.  It also is recommending certain steps to be considered for future implementation such as more consultation with a wider variety of stakeholders at the early stages of fund allocation.

 

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Spooked! How Not to Prevent Violent Extremism

Spooked! How Not to Prevent Violent Extremism

The  Institute of Race Relations’ (IRR) independent report produced on  17th October 2009 entitled ‘Spooked! How not to prevent violent extremism‘  raises concerns about how has described how the Government’s ‘PREVENT’ programme has led to “violations of privacy and professional norms of confidentiality” and presents evidence that “Prevent-funded services are being used by counter-terrorist police for information gathering”, through the institution of a little known protocol, the ‘Information Sharing Agreements’ (ASAs).

 

In short, some of the key findings of the report are:

 

  • Prevent funding has not been driven by a decision-making process in which local agencies identify their own needs and access central government funds accordingly.Rather,local authorities have been pressured to accept Prevent funding in direct proportion to the numbers of Muslims in their area – in effect,constructing the Muslim population as a ‘suspect community’.
  • Prevent decision-making lacks transparency and accountability. Decisions are taken behind closed doors rather than in consultation with the voluntary and community sector.
  • Prevent,with its focus on a single group,has undermined this aspect of the cohesion agenda
  • The embedding of counter-terrorism police officers within the delivery of local services,the purpose of which seems to be to gather intelligence on Muslim communities,to identify areas,groups and individuals that are ‘at risk’and to then facilitate interventions

The report closes with some key recommendations which also includes identifying and addressing the specific needs of different communities for local service and community development

Arches Quarterly: Vol 3 Edition 4

Arches Quarterly: Vol 3 Edition 4

A quarterly journal providing deeper and nuanced analysis of the issues and developments in the arena of dialogue, civilizations, and a rapprochement between Islam and the West

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In this issue, Arches Quarterly re-examines from theological and practical grounds, the important debate about the relationship and compatibility between Islam and Democracy, as echoed in Barack Obama’s agenda of hope and change
Concerns about British and EU Roles in the Occupied West Bank

Concerns about British and EU Roles in the Occupied West Bank

Throughout the past decade the European Union (EU) and Britain have
invested hundreds of millions of Euros and pounds respectively to
support the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the Israeli Occupied West
Bank and Gaza Strip. Much of these funds have been used to rebuild the PA security apparatus. Recent campaigns of arrests, detentions, torture and extra-judicial killings of political activists raise questions about the role of international actors including the Quartet Envoy Tony Blair, the EU
Police Mission in the Palestinian Territories (EUPOL COPPS) and the
UK based Libra Advisory Group. The current abuses bear the hallmarks of the atrocities committed in Iraq during the early years of the occupation.

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Arches Quarterly: Vol 2 Edition 3

Arches Quarterly: Vol 2 Edition 3

A quarterly journal providing deeper and nuanced analysis of the issues and developments in the arena of dialogue, civilizations, and a rapprochement between Islam and the West.

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In this issue of Arches Quarterly, we examine the role of religion and the ascendancy of religosity in today’s secular societies.