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Row over what to call God rumbles on

The High Court of Malaysia has passed a ruling allowing non-Muslims to use the term ‘Allah’ for God in their Malay-language worship services and literature.

Professor Peter Riddell

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Muslims in Malaysia protesting against the use of ‘Allah’ for God by Christians

On face value, this should appear uncontroversial, as Christians in that region have referred to God as ‘Allah’ for 400 years, including using the term in translations of the Bible into Malay.