Access to Justice: Women’s Experiences in Penang Syariah Courts

Author: Shariza Kamarudin
Format: Paperback 142 pp.
Subjects: Gender, Law, Religion
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2017
ISBN: 9789670960678
Price: RM25.00

In Access to Justice Shariza Kamarudin offers a rare insight into the lives and experiences of women as they navigate their way through the Penang Syariah court system. Grounded in theories of justice, Islamic jurisprudence and feminist legal theory, Access to Justice collects valuable first-hand accounts of the female litigants as they face an overwhelmingly patriarchal system. Touching on issues of polygamy, talaq divorce, domestic violence, domestic abuse and child custody, Shariza Kamarudin studies the responses of women, highlighting the ways in which issues of gender, class, and race play an important role in the administration of Syariah law. Finally, making use of the United Nations Development Programme Access to Justice Framework, Access to Justice calls for a reform in the administration of Syariah law in Malaysia which puts at its heart access to legal knowledge, legal representation and gender awareness.
 
Shariza Kamarudin is the Programme Manager for the Gender Responsive and Participatory Budgeting in Penang Women’s Development Corporation (PWDC), a state-linked company in Penang, Malaysia. She graduated from the Centre of Research for Women and Gender, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) Penang with a Master’s degree in Social Sciences (Gender Studies) where this monograph was originally developed.
Posted in Books, Law, Religion

Ide-Ide Reformasi Islam Malaysia Kini: Ilham dari Jiwa Pengajaran ulama-ulama Tariq Shah Wali Ullah al Dihlawi Silam Kelantan

Author: Nik Aziz Nik Hasan
Format: Paperback 344 pp.
ISBN: 9789670960197
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2016
Price: RM40.00

 
Kegiatan keilmuan ulama-ulama reformis Tariq Shah Wali ullah al Dehlawi di Kelantan mulai dalam tahun 1934 sehingga awal abad ke 21 (sebagaimana yang terdapat dalam bab 2 dan 3) banyak memberi I’lham kepada penulis untuk menghasilkan artikel-artikel sebagaimana yang terdapat dalam buku ini (sila lihat bab 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 dan 14). Pendekatan pemikiran dalam artikel-artikel ini mempunyai beberapa kelainan dengan pendekatan pemikiran Islam yang mendominafi arus perdana Ummah Negara kini. Artikel-artikel ini diharap dapat turut bersama-sama dengan aliran-aliran reformisma islam yang lain dalam membantu ummah untuk keluar daripada kepompong dan kemelut Konservatisma dan dogmatisma kini.
Posted in Books, Malay Books, Religion

One Malaysia, Under God, Bipolar: Essays on Society, Schooling, and Salvation

Author: Azly Rahman
Format: Paperback 160pp.
Subjects: Politics, Religion, Education
ISBN: 9789670630878
Publisher: SIRD & WORLD WISE BOOK
Published: 2015
Price: RM25
 
In this fine collection of opinion pieces, the respected and sagacious public intellectual Azly Rahman reflects on the political machinations and cultural politics in Malaysia. 
The book is a smorgasbord of commentaries on the poetics and politics of cultural life in a nation that is struggling to transcend its racialized structure to forge a cohesive and harmonious future. The word ‘smorgasbord’ may give the impression that what is presented in this book is simply a variety of ‘dishes’, hot and cold, familiar and exotic, all separate and distinct treats laid out on a buffet table. It is a smorgasbord with a difference: all the ‘culinary delights’ (read: commentaries) are laid out in an orderly manner with a story line that threads through the whole text. Organised around three main themes—society, schooling, and salvation—the commentaries offer rich food for thought and reflection and satisfy the intellectual and political appetite of anyone interested in Malaysian affairs and cultural politics in general….
Azly Rahman avers that ‘Political change needs social imagination and critical sensibility founded upon a very strong ethical system drawn and designed as a national philosophy; a transcultural system inspired by the strength and universality of all religious and non-religious philosophies – not just based on Islam that has its limitations and cultural biases, albeit insisted upon and imposed onto many as a complete and all-encompassing, all-hegemonising political, social and existential philosophy.’ I could not agree more.  
Guided by such a principled philosophy, Azly Rahman makes a sound plea to Malaysians (and others): ‘Let us work together on a common ground—for the common good’. It is a clarion call to Malaysians to get out of their comfort zone and apathy and to join the movement for a better Malaysia where bigotry, racism and religious extremism are kept in check and where peace, harmony, intercultural understanding are reinstated and reinforced as part and parcel of everyday life. 
There is much offered in this book that can constitute what I would boldly label as the ‘Malaysian Manifesto’. 
 
Alberto Gomes, Ph.D
Emeritus Professor, La Trobe University, Melbourne
Global Director, Dialogue, Empathic Engagement and Peacebuilding (DEEP) Network.
Posted in Books, Education, Politics, Religion

A New Malaysia: Beyond Race, Politics and Religion

Author: Joaquim Huang
Format: Paperback 129 pp.
Subjects: Politics, Religion
ISBN: 9789670630960
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2015
Price: RM25.00
 
Do you want a new and better Malaysia? 
 
Vicious politics turning democracy into gladiatorial combat, heightened distrust polarising ethnic groups, competing supremacist claims intensifying religious disharmony – we are roller-coastering into an uncertain future.
 
It’s time for a new alliance – between science and spirituality – to lead the way beyond communal exclusivism. With penetrating insight, A New Malaysia busts the nation’s oversized racial balloons and dispels theocratic notions that secular laws are fundamentally inferior to divine law. The noblest secular laws are also divine, arising from the same source as sacred law: the Federal Constitution (Part 2 Clauses 6 and 8) is an outstanding example. If our politicians can only see divine law and secular law in conflict, then they are gladiators unfit to rule.  
 
A New Malaysia calls for inclusive governance through establishment of non-partisan senates at state level and invigoration of the existing Dewan Negara or national senate. Our senators must initiate broad reforms to rid society of frozen paradigms, especially belligerent worldviews that pitch religions against one another in a devastating conflict of civilisations.
 
The emerging partnership of science and spirituality reveals a tapestry of unbroken wholeness and fundamental unity that contains the solution to all our Malaysian dilemmas.
 
This is a ‘must read’ book for anyone with an interest in the direction and future of Malaysia.
 
Posted in Politics, Religion

Kalimah Allah Milik Siapa? Renungan dan Nukilan Tentang Malaysia di Era Pancaroba

Author: Azly Rahman
Format: Paperback, 344 pages
Subjects: Religion, Social Studies
ISBN: 9789670630427
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2014
Price: RM40.00

“…Azly telah jelas dapat melihat sambil menebusi gejala dan sandiwara yang sedang melanda negara ini. Beliau telah mengambil pandangan yang jujur ​​dan ikhlas menyatakan punca asas bagi keadaan kemelut Malaysia pada hari ini. Pendekatan ‘menyelami’ dan objektif ini telah dapat mengambil kira beberapa naratif kolonial pra-Merdeka, pasca tahun 1969, dan era pasca Mahathir. Beliau telah mentafsirkan makna-makna yang penuh muslihat dan juga yang membinasakan; hasilan arus pembangunan yang pada masa kini amat bertentangan dengan aspirasi yang dikongsi dan dipegang bersama oleh masyarakat Malaysia yang telah berevolusi.” – Professor Murray Hunter

“Tulisan Azly ini merentasi beberapa bidang yang penting dalam pendidikan, budaya, politik, ekonomi dan masyarakat. Banyak daripada penulisan beliau, walaupun sesetengah pembaca mungkin mendapati agak pendek dan kurang menjelaskan jawapan soalan yang dibangkitkan, di samping terlalu padat teori, telah berjaya mencabar status quo dalam pemikiran rasmi tentang bagaimana hal ehwal negara harus dikendalikan. Dengan memberi tumpuan kepada asas-asas falsafah dan politik bagi dasar dan tindakan, Azly menyediakan alternatif yang menarik berbanding ulasan-ulasan yang bersifat mengampu daripada orang-orang yang lebih dekat dengan pengurusan kerajaan (dan kuasa politik) di negara ini….” – Dr. Lim Teck Ghee

“Azly menggesa kita agar membaca tanda-tanda yang banyak di alam semesta sosio-budaya kita sendiri sebagaimana kita mengemudi lautan dunia hiper-moden yang semakin berpotensi untuk mengkhianatkan supaya kita juga, sama seperti orang Polinesia belayar di Pasifik, boleh berjaya dalam memaju ke hadapan atas hasrat menemui dunia-dunia baharu, yang tidak termimpi oleh mereka dan juga janji-janji yang terdapat di seberang perairan baharu yang belum lagi diterokai….” – Dr. Bakri Musa

Posted in Malay Books, Politics, Religion, Social Studies

Contemporary Islamic Discourse in the Malay–Indonesian World: Critical Perspectives

Author: Azhar Ibrahim
Format: Paperback, 315 pages
Subjects: Religion, Southeast Asia
ISBN: 9789675832970
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2013
Price: RM50.00

 

While many books have probed the role of Islam in political and social change in Southeast Asia over the past three decades, few have focused on the power of the religious discourse itself in shaping this transformation.

Contemporary Islamic Discourse in the Malay–Indonesian World captures the interplay between religion and social thought in comparative case studies from Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.

Drawing on a critical sociology of knowledge and a profound understanding of historical contexts, the central focus is on Muslim intellectuals who have grappled with the impact of modernity in these societies, between those seeking to reform Islam’s role and those who take a hardline defensive stance.

The discussion deals successively with the role of religious traditionalism, the upsurge of dakwah revivalism and the public sphere, attitudes towards democracy and pluralism, and finally the ideas advanced by liberal Islam and its opponents. Above all, Azhar Ibrahim offers the reader a creative way of understanding the modern Islamic discourse and its relationship to the remaking of society at large.

“Azhar Ibrahim’s book cuts through the noise of much discourse on Islam and puts perspective to a vast amount of materials, effectively constructing their actual social and historical meaning. It should be read by all those seeking an in-depth understanding of contemporary Southeast Asia, even beyond the particular issues of Islam and Muslims.”

    — Shaharuddin Maaruf
       Academy of Malay Studies, University of Malaya

“This book is a must read for all those interested in a critical evaluation of the force and implications of religious traditionalism, conservatism and revivalism on the development of plural and democratic Muslim societies in Southeast Asia, and the challenges they pose to critical voices struggling for the relevance of ethical and humanist traditions of Islam.”

     — Noor Aisha binte Abdul Rahman
       Department of Malay Studies, National University of Singapore

 
Posted in English Books, Religion

Critical Thoughts on Islam, Rights and Freedom in Malaysia

Author: Salbiah Ahmad
Format: Paperback, 405 pages
ISBN: 9789833782078
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2007
Price: RM40.00

 

In this collection of insightful essays, Salbiah Ahmad – lawyer, activist and writer – explores and analyses the various dynamics in Malaysia which surround and affect contemporary issues involving religion, democracy, politics, the law, human rights and gender relations. The articles contained within are a compilation of what she has authored for her column ‘Malaya!’ which has appeared in malaysiakini.com since 2001. ‘Malaya!’, the column’s name, comes from Tagalog in which it means ‘freedom’.

In producing these articles, Salbiah Ahmad skillfully combines the analytical skills of the lawyer and the experience of the seasoned activist to tackle complex ideas, making them both understandable and empowering.

Posted in English Books, Gender & Sexuality, Politics, Religion

Islam Melayu Komunis

Islam Melayu Komunis: Wawancara dengan Abdullah C.D., Rashid Maidin, Abu Samah
Format: Paperback, 112 pages
Subject: Politics
ISBN: 9789832535744
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2005
Price: RM12.00

 

“… sesiapa yang bersikap adil dan objektif dalam menilai sejarah, saya rasa sudah pasti akan mengakui peranan penting perang gerila ini. Bahkan Tunku Abdul Rahman sendiri dalam Rundingan Baling pada tahun 1955 dulu pernah mengakui sumbangan penting perang gerila ini untuk mencapai kemerdekaan…” – Abdullah C.D.

“… PKM mahu menamatkan perang, tapi biarlah dengan syarat adil dan munasabah. PKM menegaskan soal menyerah diri tidak timbul kerana kami bukan pengganas, tapi pejuang kemerdekaan. Yang kami lawan bukan Kerajaan Persekutuan Tanah Melayu, tapi pemerintah penjajah British. PKM juga menyokong rombongan Tunku pergi ke London berunding dengan British untuk kemerdekaan. Tunku mengakui peranan penting perang gerila yang kami lancarkan dalam mencapai kemerdekaan Malaya …” – Rashid Maidin

“… Nak berjuang secara damai atau sebaliknya pada masa itu bukan ditentukan oleh kita semata-mata, tetapi pada pokoknya oleh British. Kalau British sudah mengisytiharkan Undang-undang Darurat, mengharamkan semua parti dan pertubuhan patriotik, melakukan penangkapan besar-besaran di seluruh negara. Dalam situasi begini, saya rasa, kita tidak dapat tidak mesti mengangkat senjata. Ia dipaksakan ke atas kita. Dalam agama Islam pun diizinkan berperang untuk menegakkan keadilan melawan mereka yang zalim …” – Abu Samah

Posted in Malay Books, Politics, Religion