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Malaysian government to Shia Muslims: Keep your beliefs to yourself

About 60 percent of Malaysia's 30 million people are Muslim, most of them Sunni. August 22, 2013 Followers of the Shia sect of Islam are allowed to practice their religion, but may not spread their beliefs to others, according to the minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Jamil Khir Baharom. “We never harass [...]

By |August 22nd, 2013|Malaysia|

Historical Dimensions of the Shi`a in Southeast Asia

Jul 17, 2013 Shafi`i Sunnis dominate the Malay-Indonesian world, including Singapore, southern Thailand, and the southern Philippines. Shafi`is also constitute the majority of southern India’s Muslim population, a fact that is of historical relevance to the Islamization of Southeast Asia. Persia, too, was one of the centers of Shafi`i Sunni scholarship prior to the establishment [...]

By |July 17th, 2013|Indonesia, Malaysia|

The Iranian Shi`i Diaspora in Malaysia

Jul 15, 2013 Malaysia―a majority Muslim but multi-religious Southeast Asian country, a leading member of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and one of Asia’s “tiger economies”―is home to tens of thousands of Iranian citizens and of Malaysian (formerly Sunni) converts to Shi`ism. According to conservative estimates, in Kuala Lumpur alone there reside about 100,000 [...]

By |July 15th, 2013|Malaysia|

Malaysia-Iran Foreign Relations

June 29, 2010 NUCLEAR: According to Datuk Seri Mohd Affendi Norwawi, a minister in the department of the prime minister of Malaysia, his country is willing to help Iran normalize its relations with the international community over its nuclear program.[1] Malaysia is a member of the Non-Aligned Movement, which released a statement in July 2008 [...]

By |June 29th, 2010|Malaysia|