My Story – World Christianity and Thanksgiving Day

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Shaded relief Map of the Mediterranean Sea – and its Basin and Landforms Professor Lamin Sanneh and World Christianity Four days before the North American Thanksgiving Day, I finished reading The Christian Movement in Islamic Perspective, chapter two of Professor Lamin Sanneh’s book, Disciples of All Nations – Pillars of World Christianity. I could not […]

Apostasy in Malaysia: The hidden view

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By Joshua Woo Published in National University of Australia – New Mandala website on November 10th, 2011 The two banners displayed at the Shah Alam Stadium during the Himpunan Sejuta Umat (Gathering of a million faithful) assembly on 22 October 2011 read “Say no to apostasy, don’t challenge the position of Islam” and “Together let’s […]

Freedom of faith for Malaysian Malays

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By: Norani Abu Bakar Published in: New Mandala – National University of Australia; re-posted Malaysia Today; Center for Policy Initiatives, etc. Date: 17th November 2011 Although Joshua Woo Sze Zeng’s “Apostasy in Malaysia: The Hidden View,” has showcased the scholarship of some renowned Muslim scholars and leaders, their perspective continues to be “hidden” to the […]

Yalies – Muslims and Christians in Dialogue

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Yale Students – Muslims and Christians in Dialogue A number of Muslim and Christian students at Yale University (2009-10 academic year) gather regularly every Monday night discussing the similarities and differences between Islam and Christianity. The discourses were co-led by Omer Bajwa, Chaplain for the Yale Muslim Student Association, and Imran A.Babar, leader of the […]

Interfaith Initiative for Peace – Indonesia

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Author: Norani Abu Bakar Published in: The Transcendent Thought (October 2011) for Interfaith Dialogue column. Research of Al Mustafa International College, a worldwide branch of Al Mustafa International University in Qom, Iran. The journal is distributed to 80 countries.   Muslims and Christians Interfaith Initiative for Peace Building: A Case Study on Indonesia Introduction The […]

Appreciating Eid al-Adha through the Biblical Texts

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To God we belong and to God we return – Surah Al-Baqarah 2:156 This week, Muslims all over the world celebrate Eid al-Adha or Qurbani Aid – the festival of sacrifice – to commemorate Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his only son upon Allah’s command. This festival also marks the end of Hajj. According to Muslims’ […]

Malaysian Muslims Responses to Conversion

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November 2nd, 2011 by Norani Abu Bakar Published in Australian National University – New Mandala (New Perspective on mainland Southeast Asia) & re-posted at Malaysia Today In Malaysia, culture is often conflated with religion. The 82 percent of the Merdeka Centre’s Public Poll on Ethnic Relations: Experience, Perception & Expectations (2011) respondents who said that “they are happy […]