Rhodes Forum Scientific Marathon

Rhodes Forum Scientific Marathon – 2015 (Call for Papers)

The Executive Committee of the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations” (WPFDC) is happy to announce the Rhodes Forum Scientific Marathon – 2015. Every year starting from 2002, the Forum has been attracting experts from all over the world, bringing concepts and ideas generated in different spheres of scientific and public interest to a focal point, where they can be discussed freely and independently.

Dialogue: Jagdish Kapur and Tu Weiming

A Conversation between Jagdish Kapur (1920–2010), Co-Chairman and Co-Founder of the WPF "Dialogue of Civilizations", and Tu Weiming, Director of the Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies at Peking University. July 11, 2010

Malaysian Shi’ites Lonely Struggle


An Article by Dr. Mohd Faizal Musa, National University of Malaysia, presented for wpfdc.org

Since 2010, Malaysia, one of the largest strongholds of Sunnism in the Islamic world, has been stigmatizing Shia followers tremendously. Historical accounts show that Shi’ism exists in Malaysia since ages. The discrimination and sectarian apartheid originated from 1984, and 1996 fatwa by Malaysia’s top Islamic clerics that Shia Islam was banned, and declared as a deviant teaching. Lately the oppression is getting worse as Wahabi movement within are embolden. This paper looks into Malaysian Shi’ites lonely struggle to demand their rights and how the religious edict and policies contradict to Malaysia’s commitment at the international level.

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On the Eve of Malaysia’s Universal Periodic Review: Sectarian Apartheid

A Follow-up to the “Sunni-Shia Dialogue” Plenary Meeting held at the 11th Rhodes Forum. By Dr. Mohd Faizal Musa, National University of Malaysia

Malaysia is a multireligious and multiracial nation, and as a sensible scholar researching on human rights I do not see why the Shia do not have the freedom to practice their own faith in Malaysia. This is totally absurd and beyond the human rights in any sense. I have to emphasize that I am shocked to learn that Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom denied the rights of Shiites (read here: No violation of human rights in ban of Syiah teachings - Jamil Khir - Latest - New Straits Times). In Malaysia, most Muslims belong to the Sunni school of thought. Shia are one of several Islamic sects under close watch by governmental religious authorities. According to CIA fact books Malaysian Shia make up 280,600 of the population of the country. However local Shias believe their community is much larger but they cannot reveal their faith due to lack of their security and safety. According to Home Ministry Secretary General on Aug 5th 2013, an estimated 250 000 Shia have been identified nationwide.