Islam in Kashmir: Violent Protests Erupt, Plus Tradition Vs. Modernity

Photo by Mukhtar Khan/Associated Press

Photo by Mukhtar Khan/Associated Press

Indian authorities eased a curfew in parts of Kashmir, the Himalayan territory divided between India and Pakistan, according to The Washington Post. Violence erupted in several districts of Kashmir and neighborhoods in Srinagar, the region’s main city, after protests “over the surprise execution of a Kashmiri man convicted in a deadly 2001 attack on India’s parliament.”

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The story notes that “the protests have stirred fears that the region could be descending into a new round of violence after two years of relative calm.” Pray that the gospel of peace would reach this region of the world.

Tradition Vs. Modernity in Kashmir

The Associated Press published another story from the Kashmiri region that highlighted the “simmering tension” between tradition and modernity in the region. The first all-girl rock band in Kashmir named Pragaash (which means “First Light” in Kashmiri) disbanded after only one show after is teenage members received threats on social media and a demand from a top Muslim cleric.

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“Some questioned whether the performance was appropriate in the Muslim-dominated society in Kashmir and others raised broader questions on the Islamic approach to music and role of women in the society,” notes the article. Neither women performers nor the music appear to be the problem, say some experts. “It becomes an issue when these strings are used to subvert a dominant political reality,” said Wasim Bhat, a Kashmiri sociologist.

There are over 7 million unreached Kashmiri Muslims in India and over 1 million in Pakistan (SOURCE: JoshuaProject.net).

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