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“Shi’a Blood is Halal!”

November 19, 2012 by Andre Vltchek and Rossie Indira

As darkness hastily falls on the heart of Madura Island, uniquely shaped traditional wooden houses and hamlets begin to throw long shadows in an eastward direction. Traffic, which during the day is extremely light by Indonesian standards, is now ceasing […]

The inexorable pursuit of an Islamic State

November 18, 2012 by Ahmad Farouk Musa

If there is anything unmistakably clear from the recent muktamar or general assembly of the Islamic Party of Malaysia – PAS – is that despite the acceptance of the concept of tahalluf siyasi or political consensus among the three major components of the opposition front – Pakatan […]

Islam and the end of oppression: The example of An-Nahl: 71

November 5, 2012 by Ahmad Fuad Rahmat

In the age of Islamic finance and Islamic fashion it is often easy to forget that Islam is a faith that spoke for the liberation of the oppressed: slaves, the poor, women and refugees – indeed, those who sought freedom […]

Revisiting the Secular State Debate

November 4, 2012 by Ahmad Farouk Musa

One of the most contentious issues in our country is the debate on Islamic State vis-à-vis Secular State. It should be highlighted at this initial point that the Islamic State concept was borne out only early in the twentieth century […]

On the free market-type critique

October 8, 2012 by Ahmad Fuad Rahmat

The October 1st– 7th edition of the Edge provides Lim Ewe Ghee’s third and seemingly final defence of income inequality. This time he addresses what he calls “the Marxist-type critique”. In it he reiterates the same assertions from his previous […]

On the secular state controversy

September 26, 2012 by Ahmad Fuad Rahmat

Some weeks have passed since the release of our rather controversial call for a secular state. Naturally, we encountered many comments along the way. Many were constructive, while one particularly from HAKIMwas nothing short of vitriolic. In the interest of furthering democratic […]

Malaysia Has Foreign Funding Issues, but Don’t Look at SUARAM

September 11, 2012 by Ahmad Fuad Rahmat

Malaysia Has Foreign Funding Issues, but Don’t Look at SUARAM The current witch-hunt against SUARAM for receiving foreign funds should not make us forget a key fact: that Malaysia’s overall approach to development is in fact dependent on foreign funding. […]

Hard Work Matters, but Not in a Free Market Economy

September 8, 2012 by Ahmad Fuad Rahmat

In the September 3rd issue of the Edge, Lim Ewe Ghee once again wrote in defence of income inequality, this time in response to his critics. Since he composed the article “in hope of generating further discussion” I shall take […]

Arguing for a Secular State

August 23, 2012 by Ahmad Farouk Musa

To many Muslims and especially the Islamists, the term secular is a very repugnant term and this abhorrence to anything secular stems mainly from the previously bitter experience of secularism in Turkey that had led to the dissolution of the […]

Thinking About Income Inequality, Properly

August 14, 2012 by Ahmad Fuad Rahmat

In a recent issue of The Edge, Lim Ewe Ghee wrote a defence of income inequality.  Going against the increasingly prevalent claim that inequality is problematic, he argues instead that it is in fact a good thing. This, he explains, […]