Ed Husain

The Arab Street

Husain examines politics, society, and radicalism in the greater Middle East.

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What Qatar Can Learn From Pakistan

by Ed Husain
Pakistan's President Zardari waves after offering prayers at the shrine of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in India (B Mathur/Courtesy Reuters). Pakistan's President Zardari waves after offering prayers at the shrine of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in India (B Mathur/Courtesy Reuters).

The emir of Qatar and the president of Pakistan were both in India this week. Both leaders hail from Muslim-majority countries in which literalist interpretations of Islam have enjoyed outsize influence on government. In different ways, both Pakistan and Qatar have allowed literalist Islamism of different hues to attempt to obliterate more mainstream expressions of, say, Sufi-influenced, popular Islam. Read more »