Special Series: Lesser-known Muslim Societies - 2009
by Amir Telibečirović
In this first article in a series on lesser-known Muslim societies, Amir Telibečirović, senior editor of Bosnia Daily, looks at the example of religious and ethnic coexistence in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where "East" and "West" coincide.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 10 February 2009) 
by Chinmoy Mutsuddi
In this second article in a series on lesser-known Muslim societies, journalist Chinmoy Mutsuddi reflects on new Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazedís resolve to address militancy in Bangladesh, and the realities that she and her party face when it comes to this issue.

(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 17 February 2009) 
by Ershad Mahmud
Ershad Mahmud, a Kashmiri political analyst based in Islamabad, examines the changing nature of the Kashmiri conflict and necessary future steps by all constituents, including the United States, in this third article in a series on lesser-known Muslim societies.

(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 24 February 2009) 
by Mokhtar Ghambou
In this fourth article in a series on lesser-known Muslim societies, Mokhtar Ghambou, professor of post-colonial studies at Yale University, explains how the Islamic tradition of Sufism inspires Moroccan youth.

(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 3 March 2009) 
by Penda Mbow
In this fifth article in a series on lesser-known Muslim societies, Penda Mbow, a professor at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, describes how Senegalese Muslim women are carving out a role for themselves in the religious sphere.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 10 March 2009) 
by Phaison Daoh
Rounding out the series on lesser-known Muslim societies, this article by Phaison Daoh, a political science lecturer at Prince Shongkla University in Thailand, reinforces the need for new assimilation policies, not military might, to reduce the tensions in Thailand's Malay Muslim south.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 17 March 2009) 
Women of Tunisia: Let your voices be heard!

The women of Tunisia have a decisive role to play in shaping Tunisia's future. Fatma Ben Saïdane reminds women of the power of their vote and the importance of civic engagement.
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