Archive for August, 2009

Punishing the Body or the Person? Why Some Cannot Accept Physical Punishments

Friday, August 28th, 2009

In his book ‘Torture and Modernity: Self, Society and State in Modern Iran’ (1994), the scholar Darius Rejali looks at how the processes of torture and punishment have evolved over the centuries in Iran, from the period of the Qajar dynasty all the way to the regime of the Shah and the Islamic Revolutionary government. [...]

Info/Archive/Interview request: History of KIMMA

Friday, August 28th, 2009

For anyone out there who can help me:
I’m currently at the closing stages of writing a book on the history of Indian Muslims in Southeast Asia, but one aspect of the theme that has been relatively under-studied is the development of KIMMA, the Malaysian Indian-Muslim party whose roots go back to the Malaysian chapter of [...]

So who has ‘Misunderstood’ the ISA?

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

(UPDATE: For a blast from the past, see this article, published on December 13th, 2007: Its hard to listen to the people while you gas them in the face.)
It is now being claimed by some that the Internal Security Act has been ‘misunderstood’ by a significant section of the Malaysian public, and if only they [...]