Sovereign Women in a Muslim Kingdom

Given the generally subservient position of women in most Muslim societies, unsurprisingly it is barely known that there have been occasions when women have been rulers in their own right, and effective ones at that. It is a particular surprise for those un... Read More...

Politics Drives an Islamic Agenda in Malaysia

When Malaysia’s Dewan Rakyat, or parliament reconvenes on July 24, its most controversial order of business is a measure that could send the country down the road towards an Islamic dictatorship, a bill that wo... Read More...

Massive Jakarta Rally Aimed at Indonesia’s President?

On Friday, December 2, Indonesia’s political structure – and even the fabric of the nation as a secular republic – is expected to be further tested by a massive rally aiming to bring tens of thousands of Muslims into Jakarta to protest against the city’s Chine... Read More...
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Wahhabism in Southeast Asia

When I joined Malaysia’s foreign ministry in 1972, a major foreign policy concern in the region was that Southeast Asian nations would soon fall like dominoes to militant communism supported and abetted by the ... Read More...
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Alarming Rise of Malaysian Religious Extremism

Please note that AS editors inadvertently used a picture of the wrong Aisyah Tajuddin. It has been corrected.  There are worrying signs that the sort of religious self-righteousness that fuels savage jihadi violence in the Middle East is infecting Malaysia, e... Read More...
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Muslim Leaders Must Police Their Own Religion

The recently concluded White House summit to counter violent extremism made much of  root causes like poverty, illiteracy and political alienation but missed an opportunity to address a more immediate and cri... Read More...