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Cross-dressers and a non-Muslim shariah lawyer test Malaysia’s liberties

by KL Chan - 10th August 2015

TWO CASES this week are setting the country's legal world alight as they pit secular and religious jurisdictions against each other

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Why scenes of animal carnage are ‘not Hindu’

by Slok Gyawali - 5th August 2015

EXPOSURE to the annual Gadhimai Festival in which thousands of beasts are ritually slaughtered has revealed a gulf in religious literacy, argues SLOK GYAWALI

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Niger churches ‘abandoned’ after Charlie Hebdo destruction

by Illia Djadi - 31st July 2015

In the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, the churches in the predominantly-Muslim West African nation of Niger experienced the worst attacks in their history.

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