"And how do the authorities define manly behaviour? Not gentle and demure enough? Talking too loudly? Who would and how could one define and determine whether a woman is a tomboy or a lesbian?"
Zainah Anwar of "Sisters in Islam" comments on the series of recent fatwas issued in Malaysia, including those against practising yoga.
The National Fatwa Council will soon announce its stand on Muslims practising yoga, Department of Islamic Development Malaysia said.
"The National Fatwa Council has ruled that tomboyism, where a girl behaves or dresses in a boyish manner, is forbidden in Islam."
SIS statement against the disruption of Bar Council Forum on "Conversion to Islam : Article 121 (1A) of the Federal Constitution: Subashini and Shamala Revisited" held on 9 August 2008.
In the Malaysian city of Kota Bharu, women are being urged by local authorities to not wear lipstick or high-heeled shoes.
Malaysian women face travel curbs without letter from parents or employers.
The Penang Syariah High Court has allowed a Muslim convert to return to her original faith of Buddhism, setting a precedent that could ease religious minorities' worries about their legal rights.
Farish A. Noor argues that "Any attack on the very idea of secularism is therefore an attack on the value of universal equality itself..."
The Internal Security Ministry has banned 11 books – eight in English and three in Bahasa Malaysia – about Islam whose contents have been found to have deviated from the teachings of the religion.
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