Islamic liberation theology: A starter reading list

A friend dropped me a message recently, asking if I had any suggestions for works pertaining to liberation theology within the Islamic context. To put it loosely, liberation theology is a movement affirming that religion and religious institutions should/must seek to advocate and defend the poor and the oppressed. Beginning with the Latin American Roman … Continue reading Islamic liberation theology: A starter reading list

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Why Authoritarian Personalities Love to Use Religion

(Originally published on Sojourners, 29 October 2018: https://sojo.net/articles/why-authoritarian-personalities-love-use-religion ) It seems that no matter where we look, we are confronted with alliances between the religious right and the political right. The Christian right in the U.S. sees Donald Trump and his administration as some sort of a messiah for white Protestant Christianity. In Muslim-majority Southeast … Continue reading Why Authoritarian Personalities Love to Use Religion

Reviu: Raja Ahmad Aminullah – “Minda Tertawan: Intelektual, Rausyanfikir dan Kuasa” (SIRD: 2011/2014)

Pengarang: Raja Ahmad Aminullah Judul: Minda Tertawan: Intelektual, Rausyanfikir dan Kuasa Penerbit: SIRD Tahun penerbitan: 2011/2014 Sebenarnya, saya masih hairan kenapa buku himpunan esei tulisan Prof Raja Ahmad Aminullah tentang situasi intelektualisme di Malaysia masih belum diterjemahkan. Edisi Bahasa Malaysia-nya sudah pun melalui dua kali cetakan, tapi terjemahannya belum lagi. Walhal isu-isu yang disinggung beliau … Continue reading Reviu: Raja Ahmad Aminullah – “Minda Tertawan: Intelektual, Rausyanfikir dan Kuasa” (SIRD: 2011/2014)

Exploring A Monstrous Future in ‘2018 Frankenstein: Art, Science and Society Today As Seen in Bioart’

(This article first appeared on The Artling Artzine, 6 October 2018. All photos were taken while I was at the exhibition.) 2018 Frankenstein: Art, Science and Society Today As Seen in Bioart. Image from Eye of Gyre Gallery Shibuya. "The future is necessarily monstrous... A future that would not be monstrous would not be a … Continue reading Exploring A Monstrous Future in ‘2018 Frankenstein: Art, Science and Society Today As Seen in Bioart’

Memperingati 200 tahun Singapura tidak bermakna meraikan penjajahan

(Rencana pertama kali diterbitkan di laman portal BERITA Mediacorp Singapura, 30 September 2018) Sejak kebelakangan ini, kolonialisme atau penjajahan menjadi topik yang agak sensitif bagi warga Singapura. Untuk sekian lama, kedatangan Stamford Raffles, Syarikat Hindia Timur serta sistem pentadbiran yang dibawa masuk mereka pada tahun 1819 dianggap sebagai suatu kejahatan yang perlu (necessary evil); tanpa … Continue reading Memperingati 200 tahun Singapura tidak bermakna meraikan penjajahan