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Malaysia: fighting over the future

A massive struggle is under way in Malaysia over the soul of Islam and the future identity of the state.

Professor Peter Riddell, Vice Principal Academic at the Melbourne School of Theology, and Senior Fellow of Kairos Journal

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Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, by night | photo: iStock

Long touted as a beacon of moderate Islam, Malaysia faces an uncertain future, as backward-looking Islamists engage in a bitter dispute with forward-looking modernisers, and Christians and other minorities are fearful of the outcome.