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Dialogue beyond the discourse of geography

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A weary Farish Noor, after attending one inter-religious dialogue too many, takes a critical look at such pageants during which illuminories of all religions...

KPI – a flying start

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Mr PM, at best, your KPI is a joke; at worst, it is a farce, says True Malaysian.When Najib assumed the post of PM,...

Indonesia’s answer to Islamophobia: Fun

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Farish Noor laments that Fun has been massacred from Pakistan to the Magreb,...

Implications of growing Indonesian assertiveness on Asean

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Indonesia's rightful place in history is as the actor that allowed for great inter-cultural dialogue and sharing to take place at a time when...

Injecting reason back into Indonesia-Malaysia relations

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Thus far, neither the Malaysian nor Indonesian governments have done anything effective to restore some degree of sanity to the debate over their differences,...

One Malaysia or two Malaysia’s?

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As we celebrate Merdeka and look ahead to Malaysia Day, Anil Netto wonders...

Why some cannot accept physical punishments

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Malaysian society has to understand and accept the fact that violence is not and will never be a solution to the social problems of...

Historicity of normative Islamic law and its contingencies

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In the year 2009, is a Malaysian woman going to be caned for drinking alcohol or is she going to see the true meaning...

Dealing with the siege mentality among Muslims

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Today as we face the reality of political religion (be it Islam, Christianity, Hinduism or Buddhism) a nuanced, intelligent understanding of religion and religiosity...

Aiyoh, same old shameful politics-lah!

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The BN's is attempting to expand its influence over the Internet - but it still resorts to the same old politics of control and...

Kg Buah Pala: Oasis amidst concrete jungle

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In many ways, Kg Buah Pala reminds us of the life-style we once had - but have now all but lost in our...

The year of living ‘precariously’ for Malay(sian)s

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To claim that the ‘Malays’ are easily duped by others says a lot about them being ruled by Umno, which claims to be the...

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