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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. […]

On the Seksualiti Merdeka controversy: A plea for calm and rationality

November 4, 2011 by Ahmad Fuad Rahmat

“We will freedom for freedom’s sake, in and through particular circumstances. And in thus willing freedom, we discover that it depends entirely upon the freedom of others and that the freedom of others depends upon our own … I cannot […]

Ghannouchi’s Reformulation of Islamic Democracy

October 28, 2011 by Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa

Developments in the Islamic world since the Iranian Revolution in 1979 have clearly demonstrated that the relationship between democratization and the Islamic resurgence is complex; and is a very important element in the political dynamics of the contemporary Muslim world. […]

Of Muslim bigots and Malay zealots

October 24, 2011 by Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa

After much hype, the Himpun gathering at Shah Alam Stadium on Saturday was a non-event.  The dismal attendance of roughly 5,000 hankering souls was a total letdown from the expected one million. Despite the claim that Himpun was a success […]

Hudud Laws: Between the Literal and the Implicit

September 27, 2011 by Edry Faizal Eddy Yusof and Ahmad Fuad Rahmat

The hudud controversy has now returned to the eyes of the media after it was discussed at theNational Syariah Seminar sponsored by the Department of Islamic Affairs of Kelantan. Pas indeed had taken a step forward in their comprehensive proposals for […]

We Were a British Colony: A Response to Dr. Zainal Kling and MPN

September 11, 2011 by Ahmad Fuad Rahmat

Dr. Zainal Kling together with Majlis Profesor Negara (MPN), which claims up to 1500 members, recently argued that Malaysia was never colonized by the British. As reported in Malaysiakini [1] and Berita Harian [2], Their argument in essence reads as […]

On the Progressive Core of Islamic Economics

September 3, 2011 by Ahmad Fuad Rahmat

On the Progressive Core of Islamic Economics By Ahmad Fuad Rahmat, Research Fellow, Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF). In recent years, Malaysia has been commonly acknowledged by most observers and visitors as a relatively wealthy Muslim country. This, however, does not […]