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Malaysia: Fatwa issued against "tomboys"
"The National Fatwa Council has ruled that tomboyism, where a girl behaves or dresses in a boyish manner, is forbidden in Islam."
Malaysia: UPDATE: Further attempts to silence Shirin Ebadi
Dr. Shirin Ebadi, the 2003 Nobel Peace Laureate, was prevente from delivering public lectures during her planned visit to Malaysia.
Malaysia: Statement from Sisters 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.
Malaysia: Women told to avoid lipstick and high-heeled shoes to "preserve dignity"
In the Malaysian city of Kota Bharu, women are being urged by local authorities to not wear lipstick or high-heeled shoes.
Malaysia: Women face travel restrictions
Malaysian women face travel curbs without letter from parents or employers.
Malaysia: Historic ruling; Shariah court allows convert to return to Buddhism
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.
Malaysia: Essay: "The Threat to Secular Democracy In Malaysia"
Farish A. Noor argues that "Any attack on the very idea of secularism is therefore an attack on the value of universal equality itself..."
Malaysia: 11 Books on Islam Banned
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.
Malaysia: Gender segregation at coed school
“This is very much against the policy of the Education Ministry. A co-ed school is meant to be a co-ed school and headmasters cannot decide to have different policies for their schools,” Mohamad said.
Malaysia: Perspectives: The Subashini case
News and commentary on a Hindu woman, Subashini, who launched an appeal after being told to go to the 'Syariah Court' in her dispute with her Muslim convert husband over her matrimonial and custodial rights.
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