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Friday August 15, 2008

SIS surprised by ban on 2005 book

PETALING JAYA: Sisters in Islam (SIS) is surprised that a book published in 2005 featuring a compilation of research papers has been banned by the Home Ministry.

SIS research and publications programme manager, Masjaliza Hamzah, said activists and academics from South-East Asia and the Middle East contributed to the book in 2003 and it mainly focused on challenges Muslim women faced in their countries.

“It discussed strategies that were used to curb extremism and promote women’s rights,” she said when commenting on the ban on the book, Muslim Women and the Challenge of Islamic Extremism.

Bernama reported yesterday that the book was banned for containing twisted facts on Islam that could undermine the faith of Muslims.

Publications and Quranic Texts Control Division principal assistant secretary Abdul Razak Abdul Latif said the book was banned by a prohibition order under Section 7(1) of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984.

Masjaliza said she did not understand what page or word in the book would have caused disharmony or discontent.

“SIS has also not been formally informed of the decision and we were only aware of it after being informed by friends,” she said.

As for what SIS could do about the decision, Masjaliza said SIS had in previous instances written to the ministry to ask for an explanation.

Apart from the book published by SIS, another book that was banned was Pelik Tapi Benar Dalam Solat by Abdul Rahman Mohamed, published by Telega Biru Sdn Bhd.

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