Thursday, June 07, 2007

More Books Banned in Malaysia

Govt Bans 37 Publications On Islam Containing Twisted Facts

June 06, 2007 17:14 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, June 6 (Bernama) -- The Internal Security Ministry has banned 37 book titles and publications on Islam containing twisted facts that can undermine the faith of Muslims.Secretary of the Publications and Quranic Texts Control Division Che Din Yusoh said today 21 of the publications were in the English language and published in the United States, United Kingdom and Jordan while 16 were in Bahasa Malaysia and published in Malaysia and Indonesia.

All the book titles and publications were banned by a prohibition order under the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984, he said in a statement.He said the prohibition order was imposed on the publications because their contents and text on Islam twisted facts and true Islamic teachings or contained elements that misled the faithful and humiliated the prophets."These publications can cause confusion and apprehension among Muslims and eventually jeopardise public order," he added.

The list of book titles and publications, the names of the authors, compilers or translators and publishers as well as the country of publication are contained in the Government Gazzette dated April 26 2007.The banned book titles and publications published in English are:

+ Unveiled At Last: Bob Sjogren (YWAM Publishing, United States);

+ The Last of the Giants: George Otis Jr (Fleming H.Revell, US);

+ Inside the Community: Understanding Muslims Through Their Traditions: Phil Parshall (Baker Books, US);

+ Now You Can Know What Muslims Believe: (Ministries to Muslims, US);

+ Blind Following of Madhhabs: Shaykh Muhammad Sultaan (Al-Hidaayah Publishing, United Kingdom);

+ My Journey from The Christianity of Ahlul Sunnah Wal Jamaah To The Islam Of The Prophet: Saim Bakar;

+ Answering Islam The Crescent in Light of the Cross: Norman L Geisler, Abdul Saleeb (Baker Books, US);

+ Islam in Context Past, Present and Future: Peter G. Riddell, Peter Cotterell (Baker Academic, US);

+ Feminism and Islamic Fundamentalism, The Limit of Post-modern Analysis: Haideh Moghissi (Zed Books Ltd, UK);

+ Islam At The Crossroads, Understanding Its Beliefs, History and Conflicts: Paul Marshall, Roberta Green, Lela Gilbert (Baker Books, US);

+ Glad News! God Loves You My Muslim Friends: Samy Tanagho (Authentic Media, US);+ The Fifth Pillar A Spiritual Pilgrimage: David Zeidan (Piquant, Great Britain);

+ Heart of the Koran by Lex Hixton (The Theosophical Publishing House, US);

+ The Life and Times of Muhammad: Sir John Glubb (Madison Books, US);

+ Inside Islam The Faith, The People and The Conflicts of the World's Fastest Growing Religion (Marlowe & Company, US);

+ Jesus and Muhammad Profound Differences and Suprising Similarities: Mark A. Gabriel (Charisma House,US);

+ Nine Parts of Desire The Hidden World of Islamic Women: Geraldine Brooks (Anchor Books, US);

+ Introducing Islam: The Basics: Kim Whiteheads (Mason Crest Publishers, Jordan);

+ Introducing Islam: Islam, Christianity and Judaism: Dorothy Kavanaugh (Mason Crest, Jordan);

+ Murder in the Name of Allah: Hazrat Mirza, Tahir Ahmad (Lutterworth Press, Great Britain); and,

+ The New Paths in Muslim Evangelism, Evangelical, Approaches to Contextualization (Baker Book House, US).

The banned book titles published locally are:

+ Ringkasan Mafatih Al-Jinan Kunci Pembuka Syurga: Syeikh At-Tuisy (Jasmin Enterprise, Kuala Lumpur);

+ Bahaya Tarikat Sufi/Tasawuf Terhadap Masyarakat: Ustaz Rasul Bin Dahri (Perniagaan Jaha Bersaudara, Johor); and

+ Apa itu Ahmadiyah?: Mirza Bashiruddin, Mahmud Ahmad (Jemaat Islam Ahmadiah, Batu Caves).

The banned book titles published in Indonesia are:

+ Petunjuk Membuat Azimat dan Benda Bertuah: Abd. Hamid Zahwan (CV.Aneka, Solo),

+ Islam Tanpa Syariat Menggali Universalitas Tradisi: Ziauddin Sardar (Penerbit Grafindo);

+ Ombak Hidup Mengalami Damai Di Mata Taufan - (Yayasan Isahi Nusantara, Jakarta),

+ The Passion of Christ Kesengsaraan Al-Masihi; Mujarobat Ilmu Kekebalan: Ahmad Toha, Abdul Ghoni (CV Bintang);

+ Menyoal Relevensi Sunnah Dalam Islam Modern: Daniel W. Brown, Jaziar Radianti (Penerbitan Mizan, Bandung);

+ Rahsia Manusia Menyingkap Ruh Ilahi: Syekh Nur ad-Din ar-Raniri (Pustaka Sufi, Yogyakarta);

+ Ikhtisar Tajul Muluk (Mahkota Raja): Abd.Hamid Zahwan (CV Aneka, Solo);

+ Pilihan Do'a Jaljalut Mengantisipasi Gejolak Zaman Modern: Muh. Rofi'.SI (CV Aneka, Solo);

+ Pengantar Psikologi Al-Quran Dimensi Keilmuan di balik Mushaf Utsmani: Dr Lukman Saksonro (PT Grafikatama Jaya);

+ One True God Risiko Sejarah Bertuhan Satu: Rodney Stark, Sadat Ismail (Penerbit Qalam,Yogyakarta);

+ Tasawuf Dalam Qur'an: Dr Mir Valiudin (Pustaka Firdaus, Jakarta); and

+ Wahdat Al-Adyan Dialog Pluralisme Agama: Fathimah Usman (LK iS Yogyakarta).


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Blogger Paul said...

I often wish that the government would come up with a definitive book that explains what the "heresies" are and answer them and show from the Quran what "the truth" is.

12:35 PM  
Blogger Alex Tang said...

Hi Paul,

I do too. Unfortunately there is no such definitive book. In the meantime, we have to make do with the decisions of the government and those who speak for them.

1:22 PM  
Blogger Bob K said...

I am not sure how the rest of you think but I find it very medieval. Looking at the titles of the books it would seem to be the Malaysian Muslim version of the Index Librorum Prohibitorum.

Why then should we be surprised when deep conservatism and feudalism hold such deep sway among some segments of our society?

1:49 AM  
Blogger Alex Tang said...

Hi Bob K,

Should we be surprised at the deep conservativism and feudalism in our country? We see it too in our Christian faith communities.

Book banning has been done for a long time. What they do not realise is that while they can ban ink and paper, but they can never ban ideas. It is ideas that change the world.


12:41 PM  
Blogger Bob K said...

Yep .. I would include these folks in my definition of "some segments of our society". Its just that they lack the clout to ban the books they'd like to see banned :D

2:52 PM  
Blogger Alex Tang said...

Hi Bob K,

I am sure you can suggest some of the books our Christian censors will ban :)

3:13 AM  
Anonymous blogpastor said...

If PAS does not exist would these books be banned? Is it done to show the the majority that the ruling party is also concerned about religious matters?

3:51 PM  
Blogger Alex Tang said...

hi blogpastor,

No, I believe that the books banning will go on even if PAS did not exist. This is not a show that the majority rule is keeping an eye on things but the work of a conscientious religious department concerned about the purity of their beliefs.

5:02 PM  
Blogger keropok lekor said...

Yeah it is like some segments of the Christian community that tries to "preserve" what they deemed as "orthodoxy".

10:34 PM  
Blogger Alex Tang said...

hi keropok lekor,

It is one thing to want to 'preserve' orthodoxy but another to have a closed mind. Theology should be always growing and developing. I always like the words semper reformanda . Reformed and always reforming.


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