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July 25, 2007
Muslim democracy

Muslim democracy

A prominent writer, doctor and academic from Indonesia — one of Asia’s largest democracies and the world’s largest Muslim country — is presenting a lecture at SFU’s Burnaby campus, Thursday, July 26. Dr. Tarmizi Taher, president of az-Zahra Islamic University in Jakarta and Indonesia’s Minister of Religious Affairs in the 1990s, will discuss Islamic developments in Indonesia.

Specifically, he will explain indigenous Muslim democracy as opposed to an imported democracy or one imposed by an outside nation, as is often the case with western democracy.

Support is growing for a homegrown democracy in Muslim communities around the world says Derryl MacLean, director of the centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures at SFU. “Indonesia is one of the primary locations where indigenous forms of Islamic democracy are debated. Given that we are part of the Asia Pacific Rim, Canada needs to become more familiar with an ideology that will have far reaching consequences for both Asia and the Muslim world.” The centre is sponsoring Taher’s lecture, which will also examine the devastating impact of AIDS in Indonesia. The lecture is at 2:30 p.m. in AQ 6229. For reservations call Shams Alibhai 604.291.5278, email salibhai@sfu.ca.

Derryl MacLean, maclean@sfu.ca or call Shams Alibhai 604.291.5278