Category Archives: Islam and Politics

Secularism and a more honest Islam

By Zairil Khir Johari  Published in Malaysia Insider 4 October 2014 Zairil Khir Johari is a chocolate purveyor-turned-politician. He finds both experiences bittersweet. Secularism and liberalism are not unfamiliar terms in this country, although how Malaysians understand them is a different matter … Continue reading

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Video of Talk by Dato’ Noor Farida Ariffin at London School of Economics, 13 May 2015

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Why liberalism is a dirty word

By Farouk A. Peru Malaysia Insider 3 June 2015 It really fascinates me to see how words acquire different meanings when used in different contexts. In the context of Western socio-political discourse at present, it is “liberal” to be supportive of gay marriages. … Continue reading

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Pop-Islam and PAS Youth Wing

By Mat Muzzim To understand the recent postures of Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (Parti Islam Se-Malaysia commonly known as PAS) on the issues of Hudud, the usage of Allah and the Selangor Mentri Besar appointment, one needs to understand the historical … Continue reading

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The inexorable pursuit of an Islamic State

BY AHMAD FAROUK MUSA New Mandala 18 November 2012 If there is anything unmistakably clear from the recent muktamar or general assembly of the Islamic Party of Malaysia – PAS – is that despite the acceptance of the concept of … Continue reading

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A glimpse into our quasi-Islamic future

By Zurairi AR  29 March 2015 MalayMailOnline There was a time when it was hard to imagine Malaysia as anything even resembling an Islamic state. Our administration was sufficiently secular, and Article 3 of the Federal Constitution that states Islam … Continue reading

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