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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:

The Case for a More Realistic Minimum Wage

May 7, 2012 by Ahmad Fuad Rahmat

Prime Minister Najib Razak’s announcement of a minimum wage requirement for the private sector has been met with outrage from pro-business Malaysians. Their argument, in short, is that there should be no minimum wage at all. A minimum-wage policy will […]

A review of ‘Homosexuality, Right or Crime’?

April 15, 2012 by Ahmad Fuad Rahmat

Malaysia is a complex nation of ethnicities, languages, religions and cultures.  In the best of times, this wealth of character can be a source of great pride — an actual demonstration of how it can be possible that a society […]

The Islamic Feminism of Zainab Al-Ghazali

March 5, 2012 by Ahmad Fuad Rahmat

Feminism is always a challenge for any community. This is because feminism, in essence, is more than just about the right for women to vote, drive or work. Feminism is ultimately about gender justice, and the improvement of the status […]

Privatisation is Not the Solution to UUCA

January 26, 2012 by Ahmad Fuad Rahmat

In a recent engagement with students at Kolej Dar Al-Hikmah, Wan Saiful Wan Jan, head of IDEAS, proposed the privatisation of Malaysia’s universities as a solution to the problem of government intervention into academic affairs. This, ostensibly, would free academia altogether […]

The Islamic Feminism of Zainab Al-Ghazali – Part II

November 7, 2011 by Ahmad Fuad Rahmat

There was, for one, a strong sufistic and spiritual element to her feminism. This sufistic element is particularly unique to the Egyptian context in that it was hagio-centric, based on the teachings or example of a usually male mystical leader. […]