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Honor: A Murder in the United Arab Emirates

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“Al Ain Appeal Court upheld the execution sentence of the Jordanian man after it found him guilty of killing Palestinian Eman Ibrahim Kagila…” from 7Days in Dubai

Over four years ago a friend and former student of mine from when I taught in the UAE, Ceza (a pseudonym), told me her friend, Eman, had been murdered. This became a catalyst for my work-in-progress about Islam, from the fatwa against Salman Rushdie to now, and the role Muslim women play in the future of the world; as well, this led me to write for the Karachi based Express Tribune. Excerpts of my work-in-progress are forthcoming or in these print literary journals: Harpur Palate, New Madrid, Pleiades, and Whiskey Island Magazine. And online, The Doctor T.J. Eckleberg Review recently published “Honor,” an essay introducing Ceza:


Sharaf – الشرف

“It is what is called a crime of honor, Jamirat el Sharaf,
and for the men of my region it is not considered a crime.” – Souad…more

Written by Caleb Powell

January 26, 2015 at 9:43 am

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Judging Aasia Bibi, Judging Islam

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State Sanctioned Murder:  The Pakistani courts, after a lengthy trial, verdict, sentencing, and appeals regarding Aasia (Asia) Bibi’s alleged blasphemy, ruled in support of “Judicial Murder.” The accused will not be the only one to receive judgment. My take at the Express Tribune:

“Aasia Bibi, mother of five, sits in prison hoping one last appeal will save her from death row. If she is executed, as with the lynching of Shahzad and Shama Masih and the assassination of Salman Taseer, Islam will be judged…” Will Islam be judged if Aasia Bibi is executed?

Further Thoughts:  The injustice with blasphemy cases are two fold. First, they often are flimsy, the guilt of the accused is dubious, and the accusers often are settling scores. Second, even if the accused is guilty, the accused should not face capital punishment, not to mention that any penalty can seem absurd from the outside. More later.

Related:  Pakistan’s blasphemy laws legitimize intolerance – The Economist

Pakistani Woman Facing Death – The Guardian

Blasphemy Law Highlights Pakistan’s Hypocrisy – The Daily Beast

Written by Caleb Powell

December 4, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Express Tribune: Interfaith Gestures

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My first post at Pakistan’s Express Tribune, “Interfaith Gestures:  Moral Placebos or Progress?

On November 14, 2014, Muslims prayed at the National Cathedral in Washington DC. South Africa’s US Ambassador, Ebrahim Rasool, gave a sermon and declared that, “never again must there be intolerance towards Christians or any other faith,” and media observers heralded this breakthrough in interfaith relations, though not all cheered. The prayers were interrupted by a heckler screaming that America was “founded on Christian principles”…more

Written by Caleb Powell

November 24, 2014 at 9:31 am