Syed Farid Alatas

Syed Farid Alatas is Associate Professor of Sociology at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He headed the Department of Malay Studies at NUS from 2007-13. Prior to joining NUS, Alatas lectured at the University of Malaya in the Department of Southeast Asian Studies. His areas of interest are social thought, the sociology of religion and intra- and inter-religious dialogue. His books include “Alternative Discourse in Asian Social Science: Responses to Eurocentrism” (Sage, 2006), “Ibn Khaldun” (Oxford University Press, 2013) and “Applying Ibn Khaldun” (Routledge, 2014).

Salafism is a Threat to Peace in Southeast Asia

With the persecution of Shiite Muslims in Southeast Asia, Salafism represents a threat to peace in the region. It is a fact that many acts of physical as well as verbal violence are perpetrated in the name of Islam. Therefore, it is necessary to clarify that the problem lies not in the religion of Islam itself but in certain orientations to be found among Muslims. One such orientation is that... Continue Reading

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