Culture-bound Human Rights

Anthropologists have long known that some forms of knowledge will inevitably be bound or limited by the culture in which they work. The use of the word “Allah” by non-Muslims in Malaysia is one such issue. One culture-bound reason is that about forty percent of the Malaysian populace are non-Muslims. Therefore, Muslims are under constant pressure from the normal criticisms of non-Muslims to Muslim practice and belief.

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A brief response to MCCBCHST’s Statement

Haji Abdul Rahim Sinwan & Azril Mohd Amin, Muslim Lawyers Association of Malaysia

This is the unedited version – please excuse any errors.

It is with regret that we must respond to the statement issued by the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) on 5th February 2013. A number of misleading points were made in the statement and this has caused gross misinterpretation of several pertinent aspects on the position of Islam as the religion of the Federation. Continue reading

A Response to Nurul Izzah Anwar

[NOTE] Nurul Izzah Anwar, the Member of Parliament for Lembah Pantai and Vice President of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), created controversy when she told a forum on “Islamic State: Which Version, Whose Responsibility” at the Full Gospel Tabernacle, USJ Selangor on November 3, 2012 that ‘freedom of religion should not just be limited to non-Malays but everyone’.

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A brief perspective on religious freedom in the Malaysian context

There are a number of approaches which one might take when considering the freedom of religion in Malaysia, in terms of human rights. However, as delineated below, there will invariably be problems inherent in applying a Universalist perspective to the Islamic worldview. Given the constraints of time and space in this instance, then, the focus will be primarily on the Islamic perspective on the issues.

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