Daily Archives: August 1, 2009

Laughter in cyberspace

By Irfan Husain

(Dawn 01/08/09)

One of the job requirements of a politician is sharp elbows. Another is a thick skin. So I suppose a sense of humour would be asking for too much.

The recent — and I hope stillborn — attempt to curb text messages and emails mocking our president is yet another reminder of our inability to take a joke when it is directed at us. Indeed, as a people, we Pakistanis lack the ability to laugh at ourselves. So wishing for a presidential sense of humour in our solemn environment is expecting a lot. Continue reading

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Oxford appoints a new Chair for Islamic Studies

Dr Tariq Ramadan has been appointed to a new Islamic Studies Chair at Oxford.A scholar of international standing has been appointed to a new Islamic Studies Chair at Oxford, enabling more research and teaching on core Middle East issues as well as improved links between the university and the Middle East. Tariq Ramadan, Research Fellow (General) at St Antony’s College, has been appointed the His Highness Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Chair in Contemporary Islamic Studies beginning on 1 September 2009. He is currently Visiting Professor (holding the chair: Identity and Citizenship) at Erasmus University in the Netherlands and Senior Research Fellow at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, and the Lokahi Foundation (London). Continue reading


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