October 2009
Islam in power - Change from within

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Thirty years after the Iranian Revolutin, political Islam is at a crossroads. But is the Islamic Republic really Islamic? Writer and broadcaster Ziauddin Sardar explains why he thinks it most definitely is not.

Who is funding Islamic extremism? Nafeez Ahmed gives the lowdown on support for eour terroristsf ? and it goes beyond the usual suspects.

Next month's issue also offers dispatches from minority voices in the Muslim world. A gay Iraqi activist traces the changes - from discos to fatwas - in post-'liberation' Baghdad. A feisty Saudi Arabian feminist speaks her mind - and stays put in her own country. A Jewish Iranian embraces
both her faith and her homeland.

Look out for the October issue of the New Internationalist.

Be prepared to be surprised.

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NI

No.426

Contents

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2 Letters

3 Letter from Cairo
Maria Golia recalls why part of her Egyptian education involved learning how to break the rules.

4 Islam in power
Hadani Ditmars calls for a return to Islam's spirit of democracy and pluralism.

8 From the edge
A gay Iraqi activist fights a fatwa, a feisty Saudi feminist challenges sexist laws, and a Jewish Iranian writer remembers her Revolutionary childhood.

12 Islam - THE FACTS

14 Travesty
Where did the controversial idea of the 'Islamic state' come from? Ziauddin Sardar traces its origins.

16 Knowledge is light
Syed Tajammul Hussain's artful approach to Qur'anic verses.

17 Our terrorists
Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed on the spooky complicity between Western intelligence agencies and Islamist extremism.

20 More information on Islam
Further reading and useful websites.

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SPECIAL FEATURE

21 Greening the law
The streets have traditionally been the home of environmental activism. But could campaigners be just as at home in the courtroom? Olly Zanetti considers the evidence.

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25 Currents
Time to stop the vulture funds' feeding frenzy; Timor-Leste's last displaced people camp closes; and a Colombian community fights eviction in the Andes.

27 Only Planet
Gort and Klaatu are unimpressed by humans' gift to the universe, in Marc Roberts' cartoon.

28 NI Prize Crossword
PLUS: Big Bad World Money talks in Polyp's cartoon.

29 Making Waves
Emmanuel Jal, celebrity rapper and ex-child soldier, talks to Rowenna Davis about why he is championing African education.

30 Mixed Media
The reality of indigenous life in the Amazon features in a gripping new film; drug-addled drop-outs are unlikely heroes in Cecilia Szperling's novel; and a welcome return for Cornershop.

32 Southern Exposure
Motlhalefi Mahlabe photographs slums in a South African township.

33 View from Kolkata
Anthony Dias ponders the purpose of the hunger strike.

34 Essay: Toxic planet
Our profligate use of deadly chemicals is coming back to haunt us, writes Zoe Cormier.

36 Country Profile: Guinea

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NI Japan

No.114

Contents

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From this month's theme

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- Why are they dying? (NI p4-7)

- The Bees' Knees - The Facts (NI p8-9)
- A stressed world (NI p15)

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- Ten ways to help save the bees (NI p12-13
- Looting of a small planet (NI p16-17)

From Special Features and other articles
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- The aid debate: boon or burden? (NI p18-21)

This month's Japanese organizations at a glance
- Tokyo Beekeeper's Cooperative
- Hunger Free World




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