Islam Hadari

This story is old, but still very important. I ran into it while cleaning out the newspaper clips pocket of my shoulder bag after the last road trip. Why is it worth calling to your attention? Reporter Paul Wiseman has packed it with color and information and it contains the following paragraph: “Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, an Islamic scholar by training, is trying to promote what he calls Islam Hadari. Roughly translated, it is Arabic for ‘Islamic civilization.’ Abdullah’s somewhat vague version of Islam emphasizes economic and technological development, social justice and tolerance for other religions.” However, as a legal activist there puts it: “While all of us are equal some of us are more equal than others.”

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Terry Mattingly directs the Washington Journalism Center at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. He writes a weekly column for the Universal Syndicate.


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