Archive for September, 2007

Malaysia’s Muslim Union?

Friday, September 28th, 2007

Malaysia Does Not Need Another Sectarian Organisation!
Sectarianism, be it on the grounds of race, culture, language or religion, can only be divisive in the long run. The sad litany of human history shows that religion can and has been used as a dividing factor that has torn many a society apart, and this is true [...]

Can there be a discussion of Islam thats not STUPID???

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

It is interesting to reflect on the asinine times we live in, particularly if like me, you are involved in that nebulous thing called ‘Inter-cultural dialogue’. Over the past four weeks I have been engaged in numerous rounds of dialogues between Western Europeans and Muslim migrant communities in Amsterdam, Paris and Berlin, and in every [...]

Rakyat Itu Raja!

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

It has, for reasons best known to some, become rather trendy to talk about the restoration of power to the King these days. Looking around the troubled landscape of Malaysia at the moment one does understand how and why the frustration of many could have led them to the conclusion that some higher form of [...]

My Merdeka Heroes

Sunday, September 16th, 2007

Written by Syazana Fatkhi
I recently attended the Parlimentary roundtable affirming that Malaysia is indeed a secular state (August 10) and I learned so much about the history of Malaysia, from gender-bias, legal, religious, political, scholarly, legislative to parliamentary standpoints, which opened my eyes to a bigger understanding of my country, Malaysia.
But I couldn’t help but [...]

The Pathologisation of Muslims in Europe

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

‘No we are not racist. It is just that we need to preserve and protect our German identity and culture, and our Judeo-Christian heritage. The more Turkish Muslims come here, the less we know who and what we are. We cannot allow our identity and culture to be confused like that…’
How many times have I [...]

A Dialogue in Hell

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

We are in hell by now. No, we are not going to hell, but we are already there it seems.
Let me explain what I mean by this: I happen to teach comparative religion and one of the things I’ve noticed while giving my lectures is how in every major religious system of the world there [...]