Archive for October, 2008

Race And Islam

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

It is odd, to say the least, that after more than fourteen centuries there remain some people who claim to be Muslims but who still have not internalised the universal values of Islam. Odder still that there remain those who on the one hand can embrace Islam’s universal claim of brotherhood (and sisterhood), but still [...]

Politics and Posturing

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Now, I haven’t given up with the idea of democracy yet; though I would have to say that even as the best of political arrangements there are still some bugs in the system. The most obvious bug is the tendency for democratic politicians to pander to the whims and demands of every constituency that comes [...]

The Poverty of Riches and the Riches of Poverty

Friday, October 17th, 2008

As an aside to the academic work I normally do, last week I was given the opportunity to meet with Tuan Guru Nik Aziz Nik Mat, the Spiritual Leader (Murshidul Am) of the Malaysian Islamic Party PAS at his office in northern Malaysia. Despite the frail health of the man and his taxing schedule, we [...]

Rest in Peace, Islam Hadari

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

Observers of Malaysian politics both at home and abroad have already begun to write the political obituary of the country’s embattled Prime Minister, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. While the global economy goes into a tailspin and markets across Asia tumble on an hourly basis, Malaysians seem more engrossed in the country’s on-going political drama that has [...]

An Eid in Jogjakarta

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

It has been many years, more than two decades in fact, since I last enjoyed celebrating Eidul Fitri anywhere in the world. Over the past decade Eid has always been a poignant moment for me, as I reflect on how badly things have deteriorated for Muslims the world over. It is sad, to say the [...]

Eidul Fitri in Prison

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

This week marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadhan and the celebration of Eid’ul Fitri the world over.  For more than a billion Muslims all over the planet the month of Ramadhan has been a time of personal reflection, contemplation and deliberation over their deeds and achievements over the year; a time of [...]