Archive for June, 2009

“You Are Not Qualified To Interpret my Religious Text”: How to Respond to Attempts to Close the Public Domain- Part 3

Friday, June 26th, 2009

(Note: I have closed the comments section for these series of articles, mainly because some of the comments made by the readers were rather short on sanity, but quite high on the vitriol. While it’s a very small number, it still remains rather a chore for me, since I actually have to read all of [...]

“You Are Not Qualified To Talk About My Religion”: How to Respond to Attempts to Close the Public Domain- Part 2

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

If I were to tell someone that I don’t like Satay, loathe batik shirts and can’t stand keroncong music, does it follow from that that I hate Malay culture in toto? Now one would have to be deliberately and consciously paralysingly stupid to believe that, by assuming that the rejection of some aspects of normative [...]

Video: One-on-one with Farish Noor Part 3

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

The Malaysiakini site with the same video is here.

Video: One-on-one with Farish Noor Part 2

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

The Malaysiakini site with the same video is here.

“You Are Not Qualified To Talk About Islam”: How to Respond to Attempts to Close the Public Domain

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

“You are not qualified to talk about Islam”. How many times have I heard and read that same line, again and again? And more often than not, the same sentence is uttered or written by precisely the sort of self-trained autodidact whose own knowledge of Islam came from whatever he or she read on the [...]

The hybrid-Malay Malaysian dilemma: Interview with Farish A. Noor in The Nut Graph

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Dr. Farish Noor is a prolific academic. The founder of The Other Malaysia project writes on the politics of Malaysia, Indonesia, Islamism, and old Malay hikayats with gusto and insight. He has been published everywhere. Well, nearly. It makes one wonder what he does to de-stress.
“I repair old batik, I knit and I stitch,” he [...]

PKR and Pakatan should Rein In their Members too

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Political parties are, it should be remembered, composite entities that are made up of a myriad of different personalities and subjectivities. It is hard enough to reach any kind of consensus in the open public domain, and certainly even more difficult to do so when trying to cobble together any corporate entity that has to [...]

Another Lesson in PAS History: The Malaysian Public Doesnt Like Extremists

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

The repercussions of the somewhat clumsy attempt by some sections of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party PAS to call for the investigation, and possibly banning, of the Muslim women’s rights group Sisters in Islam are still being felt today. Many questions have arisen in the wake of the proposal that was passed without debate at the [...]

How Soon We Forget: Malaysia’s Ahistorical Politics

Monday, June 8th, 2009

How soon we forget. Malaysian politics is characterized by a curious form of ahistoricity and a willful neglect of history in general. The contribution of the diverse communities of Malaysia to the country’s nation-building process is often forgotten in the official narratives of the country, the role of women in our national history is seldom [...]

Demonisation and the Politics of Banning : Why PAS Should Look To Its Own History

Monday, June 8th, 2009

The recent general assembly of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party PAS has left us with a rather mixed serving of results and outcomes, some of which will linger for a while and some of which may prove harder to digest than others. Despite the re-iteration of PAS’s stand vis a vis the UMNO party that was [...]