A Reflection on Interfaith Dialogue in Malaysia




Lecture & Discussion

“A Reflection on Interfaith Dialogue in Malaysia”


Professor Emeritus Dr Osman Bakar – Istac, UIA


Mr Eddin Khoo – Journalist & Culture Activist

Dr Mazeni Alwi – Muslim Professional Forum (MPF)

Organized by:

Institute for Policy Research (IKD)

Incoorporation with:

Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAF)


For the past 2 years, we see the rise of religious issues in Malaysia, especially issues concerning to Islam and its relation with other religions. The intensity is obvious and always leads to disturbing response from several groups in our society.

Unfortunately the discussion through forums, debates, writings and dialogues which initiated by few groups failed to guide or alleviate the anger and religious chauvinism. Is it the indication of the failure of interfaith dialogue to explain and give an ample analysis of the misunderstanding on the issues?

We are now embarking into the year 2007, which we hope for better environment for pluralistic society like Malaysia, now is the time for us to examine the role of interfaith dialogue in Malaysia which looks like inefficient in combating extremism and chauvinism.


15 December 2006 (Friday)


Shah village Hotel, Petaling Jaya


8.00 pm


Religious group, academician, political party, NGO activist


Prof Emeritus Dr Osman Bakar

Osman Bakar, one of the respected figures in Malaysia especially in the field of Islamic Philosophy, science and inter civilization dialogue. Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and former Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Malaya, is currently Professor of Islamic Thought and Civilization at the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization in Malaysia. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University, Washington DC. He has published 13 books and more than 150 articles on Islamic thought and civilization, particularly Islamic philosophy and science, and on contemporary Islam, inter-religious and inter-civilizational dialogues.

The founder of the Center for Civilizational Dialogue at the University of Malaya, he has also served as advisor and consultant to various international academic and professional organizations and institutions, including UNESCO and The Qatar Foundation. He is a member of The West-Islamic World Initiative for Dialogue established by the World Economic Forum based in Switzerland.

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