151 entries found

When hudud and chocolate bars rule

June 2, 2014 by Mahsa Amiri

Media agenda is such a tricky thing that some issues of not paramount importance always have a chance to become incredibly popular in the public discourse. These distortions indeed have narrowed down the reality to very limited issues. I noticed […]

Dr Anas At-Tikriti in Kuala Lumpur

May 8, 2014 by Khalid Ismath

IRF will organize a colloqium and forum with DR ANAS Altikriti in Kuala Lumpur on the next week from 17-23 May. The following is Dr Anas’s profile for the participants and guests who would like to know more about him: […]

Losing in the battle with Satan

April 24, 2014 by Mahsa Amiri

The topics of democracy, liberalism, human rights are not new in contemporary Malaysia. However, with almost every discussion some  new points are promoted or strengthened at one of the contesting sides. Remarkably, promotion of the debates does not reduce the power with […]

Preface to Wacana Pemikiran Reformis Jilid II by Dr Azmi Sharom

January 6, 2014

In her book The Great Transformation: The World in the Time of Buddha, Socrates, Confucius and Jeremiah (2006), Karen Armstrong asserts that religion is a factor that cannot be ignored in public discourse. This assertion is particularly true in the […]

The Significance of the Massacre of Karbala

November 5, 2013 by Prof Syed Farid Alatas

The slaying of Imam Husain along with dozens of his family members and followers at Karbala on 10 Muharram, 61 A.H. (Ashura) is an event that has the greatest of significance for humanity for several reasons. Here, I would like […]

Reform and renewal through the lens of IRF

September 28, 2013

Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa || 25 September 2013 The Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF) from its inception has its main agenda in promoting reform – islah – and renewal – tajdid. Now what is meant by reform and renewal or islah […]

The secular democratic state: A state of justice and benevolence

August 16, 2013

One of the emerging trends that may influence the trajectory of contemporary political Islam is the intrusion of Literal Islam. Obviously this worrying trend could be seen more clearly with the Arab Spring although the literalists were not initially at […]

A perverse understanding of human rights

July 31, 2013 by Aliran

Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa calls upon the government to stop the intimidation and persecution of Shias and to allow them to practise their faith. We, at the Islamic Renaissance Front, were dismayed and horrified by the statement made by a […]

Lessons from Turkey: An Open Letter to Muslim Democrats in Malaysia

June 17, 2013

June 17, 2013 The Islamic Renaissance Front observes the protests in Turkey very closely. We believe there is much at stake in how AKP (The Justice and Development Party) will engage with the demonstrators at this point, especially with regards […]

Its Geo-Political, Not Sectarian

June 17, 2013

Over the weekend US President Obama’s decision to provide lethal aid to Syrian rebel forces has gained bipartisan support among American lawmakers. But will this move result in an escalation of the conflict or could be a way of bringing […]