According to the management professors, the seemingly baffling occurrence boils down to a simple business principle: knowing when to replicate best practices, versus when to adapt them to different cultures and situations. They refer to this idea as Buddhism vs. Catholicism. To be clear, Sutton and Rao’s argument is not a spiritual one. They simply call upon the two religions to illustrate a cultural dichotomy.
— Business Insider
“Religion and consumerism co-exist happily”: Ambi Parameswaran
Are Muslims more open-minded shoppers? How did Akshaya Trithiya become such a big deal? Why has the bindi disappeared from advertisements? These are some of the questions printed on the jacket of Ambi Parameswaran’s latest book ‘For God’s Sake’. The author, who works as advisor at Draftfcb Ulka Advertising, has written several books on brand building, consumer behaviour and strategic brand management in the past. But this one, he says, is the lightest of them all. And we’re inclined to agree; the language is chatty and the pages are full of anecdotes, real brand stories and examples.
Muslims in Liberal Democracies
Harvard professor and Islam expert Jocelyne Cesari looks into the mechanisms of the West’s fear of Islam, and ponders on how the dominant narrative that tends to present Islam as an alien religion can be countered. The integration of Muslim immigrants has been on the political agenda of European democracies for several decades. However, only in the last ten years has it specifically evolved into a question of civic integration closely related to religious identity. In the 1960s and 1970s, the socio-economic integration of immigrants with a Muslim background was the primary focus of academic literature, but with the emergence of the second and third generations, the interest has shifted to political mobilization. Beginning with the Rushdie affair in the United Kingdom and the hijab affair in France from 1989 to present, the spotlight has moved to the legitimacy of Islamic signs in public space, such as dress code, minarets, and halal foods.
— Eutopia Institute
Water Seeks Its Own Level
Water seeks its own level simply means quality people of integrity find other quality people of integrity and vice versa. It also means high quality finds high quality and low quality finds low quality. This is true in business and in life. It is a scientific fact: water does indeed reach its own level. It’s also a scientific fact that our bodies are made of 90 percent water. And the Bible says the same thing but like this:“Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. Genesis 1:9
— The Washington Informer
Being muslim in UP: Narrow lanes, effervescence and a girlfriend
The best-kept secret in the Alam family is Tanzeer has a girlfriend. He doesn’t mention it at home due to circumspection from being the youngest in a family of six. The oldest brother, 25, wants to marry but says “Pehle behno se nipat jayen (let me marry off the sisters first)”. Tanzeer Alam, officially 18 but less certain of his age otherwise, smiles with the rest of the family when his oldest sibling mentions the sisters. It is not clear if he shares this sense of responsibility.
— Business Standard
Atheist, Humanist, Secular: Why Fight Over Labels?
No matter how you look at it, the nontheist movement in the U.S. is experiencing momentous growth. According to a Harris poll, those who profess no belief in a god is at the highest percentage ever recorded. Atheism as an identity is also becoming more mainstream and even politically acceptable, as seen by the fact that most Americans would now vote for an atheist running for president (something that would not have been possible even a few years ago).
— Huffington Post