28 Sep '17, 10am

From My Detention in Malaysia, Thoughts on Islam and Tolerance - Mustafa Akyol (NYT)

From My Detention in Malaysia, Thoughts on Islam and Tolerance Mustafa Akyol New York Times SEPT. 28, 2017 I am writing this column from an airplane, on my way from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to my new home, Wellesley, Mass. I’m in a comfortable seat, and I’m looking forward to getting back to my family. About 12 hours ago, though, I was miserable, locked in a holding cell by Malaysia’s “religious police.” The story began a few months ago, when the Islamic Renaissance Front, a reformist, progressive Muslim organization in Malaysia, invited me to give a series of lectures on Islam, reason and freedom. The group had hosted me three times before in the past five years for similar events and also published the Malay version of my book “Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty.” I was glad for the chance to visit Malaysia again. I arrived in Kuala Lumpur on Sept. 22. The ...

Full article: https://blog.limkitsiang.com/2017/09/28/from-my-detention...

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