Malaysian Custody Cases of Children Unilaterally Converted to Islam: Indira Gandhi Mutho v. Pathmanathan Krishnan (2016)

In this post, I examine an ongoing legal custody battle between a Hindu woman, Indira Gandhi Mutho against her former husband Pathmanathan Krishnan, who converted from Hinduism to Islam in 2009. At the heart of this battle is the fact that Krishnan, who now goes by the Muslim name Muhammad Riduan, obtained custody over the … Continue reading Malaysian Custody Cases of Children Unilaterally Converted to Islam: Indira Gandhi Mutho v. Pathmanathan Krishnan (2016)

When Fatwā Becomes Law: Examining the Fatwā’s Place in the Malaysian Islamic Legal System

In the 1997 Miss Malaysia Controversy, two contestants of the Miss Malaysia Petite Contest were fined by the Syariah (Ar. sharīʿa) High Court in Kuala Lumpur for breaching a fatwā, or religious edict, which prohibited Muslim women from participating in beauty pageants. The National Fatwā Council of Malaysia issued the opinion on 15 January 1996 … Continue reading When Fatwā Becomes Law: Examining the Fatwā’s Place in the Malaysian Islamic Legal System

Islam vs. Liberalism? An Analysis of an Opinion issued by a Malaysian Fatwā Council  in July 2014

This article examines the content of a fatwā issued and published into law on 31 July 2014 by the fatwā committee of a state in Malaysia named Selangor. The fatwā is entitled “Fatwā Pemikiran Liberalisme Dan Pluralisme Agama,” or “Fatwā on the Thought of Liberalism and Religious Pluralism.” It is significant politically for having targeted … Continue reading Islam vs. Liberalism? An Analysis of an Opinion issued by a Malaysian Fatwā Council  in July 2014

Challenging a “Deviancy” Charge in a Civil Court: Sisters in Islam Files for Judicial Review against a Fatwā

On September 19th, 2016, Malaysia’s Federal High Court dismissed an application for judicial review filed by the feminist organization Sisters in Islam (SIS). The group had filed a petition for judicial review under the Federal (civil) High Court to challenge the validity of a fatwā issued by the Fatwā Committee of the State of Selangor … Continue reading Challenging a “Deviancy” Charge in a Civil Court: Sisters in Islam Files for Judicial Review against a Fatwā