ISIM Review 20 / Autumn 2007

In Malaysia, legal definitions of the religious category “Muslim” and ethnic category “Malay” imply each other. Consequently, Muslims who have renounced Islam find themselves in an abyssal legal zone. The legal intricacies and the media representations surrounding apostasy reveal tensions between “the secular” and “the religious,” thereby providing insight into the imbalanced and bifurcated nature of civil society in Malaysia.

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