Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Forum on Islamic state to bring together politicians, academics

Harakahdaily,31 October 2012

Oct 31: A forum to be held this Saturday on the theme of the Islamic state, a subject which has been generating much noise recently in Malaysia as well as in several other Muslim-majority nation-states, will see the participation of academics, activists and politicians from Pakatan Rakyat.

Organised jointly by the Christian-based Oriental Hearts and Mind Study Institute (OHMSI) and Muslim NGO Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF), the premise for the discussion will be laid down by Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa, the IRF’s director who is also a critic of the Islamic state concept, in his paper “The Islamic State: Which Version? Whose responsibility?”

The event, to be held at the Full Gospel Tabernacle in USJ, Subang, will be moderated by former president of the Bar Council Dr Cyrus Das, and will see the participation of Lembah Pantai member of parliament Nurul Izzah Anwar, PAS’s Parit Buntar MP Mujahid Yusof Rawa, Sarawak PKR leader and Ba'kelalan state assemblyman Baru Bian, head of Malay Studies Department at the National University of Singapore Dr. Syed Farid Alatas, lawyer and rights activist Malik Imtiaz, social activist Dr. Wong Chin Huat, and Christian activist and lawyer Kenny Ng.

The forum among others is expected to touch on the compatibility of the Islamic state concept with modern democracy, and how such a state can exist within the realities of modern multicultural societies, especially against a backdrop of countries which have implemented the Shariah but which continue to face the same, if not worse, problems faced by secular states.

Explaining the forum’s theme to Harakahdaily, the organisers said Dr Farouk in his speech would seek to detail the intricacies of the discourse and attempt to offer “real, practical alternatives” to the Islamic state.

“The goal is to show that there can be an Islamic society, where Islam can flourish harmoniously among people of other faiths, without there being any need for an Islamic state,” they added.

The event will start at 9.00 am, with an admission fee of RM10. For further information, email Ehsan Shahwahid at, or call 0122631160. 
~ Harakah Daily

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