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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, […]

On Faith and Reason: Reflections from a Muslim

July 13, 2012 by Ahmad Fuad Rahmat

Religion is not just a set of rules; it is a source of meaning and purpose, a foundation for integrity and virtues. It is a realm of prophets, heroes, myths, angels and miracles featured in powerful narratives of triumph and […]

Do Muslims Fear Knowledge?

June 27, 2012 by Dr. Ahmad Farouk Musa

What does book banning, in this age of globalisation and information technology, really achieve for Muslims? This question echoes throughout social media as countless Malaysians express their ire and bafflement at the sudden arrest of Nik Raina Nik Abdul Aziz, […]

Responding to Hafiz Noor Shams on Minimum Wage

May 7, 2012 by Ahmad Fuad Rahmat

Hafiz Noor Shams responded again. Here is my take on it: