Criminalising religious pluralism: The Legal Treatment of Shi'ites in Malaysia

Mohd. Al Adib Samuri, Muzammil Quraishi

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Abstract

Shi'a teachings and doctrine are currently being socially-constructed as a new threat to the survival of Sunni Islam, followed by the majority of Muslims in Malaysia. The Government has taken action by using legal mechanisms to control the influence of Shi'a teachings and to prevent its widespread proliferation. The Islamic legal provisions concerning aqidah (Islamic creed)-related offences and fatwas are potentially regarded as tools to monitor the lives of Shi'a individuals and communities in Malaysia. This article critically evaluates the formal consequences for Shi'a communities in Malaysia stemming from a legal framework, which is based on Sunni Islam. Furthermore, this article evaluates the extent to which Islamic law and fatwas in Malaysia can control the practice and promulgation of Shi'a teachings. The significance of this article is in its depiction of how Islamic law in a Sunni Islamic state may impact the religious practices of individuals and communities who make up a Muslim minority, with Shi'ites being the prime example.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-454
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Shi'a Islamic Studies
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2016

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Keywords

  • Faith-related crime
  • Islam in Malaysia
  • Minority religious group rights
  • Sharia law in Malaysia
  • Sunni-Shi'ite relationship

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  • History
  • Religious studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Law

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Criminalising religious pluralism : The Legal Treatment of Shi'ites in Malaysia. / Samuri, Mohd. Al Adib; Quraishi, Muzammil.

In: Journal of Shi'a Islamic Studies, Vol. 9, No. 4, 01.09.2016, p. 425-454.

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