Azly Rahman

Dr. Azly Rahman grew up in Johor Bahru, Malaysia and holds a Columbia University (New York City) doctorate in International Education Development and multiple Masters Degrees in the fields of Education, International Affairs, Peace Studies and Communication, and currently pursuing a fifth in Creative Writing. He has written more than 350 analyses/essays on Malaysia and global issues. His writings have appeared in scholarly forums in China, Australia, Europe, Indonesia, Malaysia, Denmark, Finland, and the United States. His 25 years of teaching experience in Malaysia and the United States spans over a wide range of subjects, from elementary to graduate education. He has edited and authored seven books; Multiethnic Malaysia: Past, Present, Future (2009), Thesis on Cyberjaya: Hegemony and Utopianism in a Southeast Asian State (2012), The Allah Controversy and Other Essays on Malaysian Hypermodernity (2013), Dark Spring: Essays on the Ideological Roots of Malaysia's General Elections-13 (2013), a first Malay publication Kalimah Allah Milik Siapa?: Renungan dan Nukilan Tentang Malaysia di Era Pancaroba (2014), Controlled Chaos: Essays on Mahathirism, Multimedia Super Corridor and Malaysia’s ‘New Politics’ (2014), and One Malaysia under God, Bipolar (2015). He is currently working on his eighth book, on Gifted and Talented Education in Malaysia, honoring a prominent educator. He currently resides in the United States where he teaches courses in Education, Philosophy, Cultural Studies, Political Science, and American Studies.

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By Azly Rahman On Friday, December 2nd, 2016
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The Cultural Logic of the Jakarta’s Riotous-Protest

Azly Rahman (nsnbc) :  A few weeks ago Indonesia’s capital city, Jakarta, saw a clash between the Islamic fundamentalists and the government in a protest seeking the removal of the governor, a Chinese Catholic. More...

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By Azly Rahman On Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016
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Islamisation and its Discontents

Azly Rahman (nsnbc) : I am back writing for the public. I took a few-weeks-hiatus from my Malaysiakini column to write a few literary essays, chapters from my memoir of growing up in the “sewel but sober and sensible More...

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By Azly Rahman On Sunday, May 1st, 2016
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An island to plant Zakir Naik’s radicalism?

Azly Rahman (nsnbc) : Is there a link between the Terengganu government’s hysteric fascination of the Indian radical Islam televangelist Zakir Naik, the Chief Minister’s generosity in gifting the not-so-liked More...

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By Azly Rahman On Friday, April 22nd, 2016
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Malaysians must fight demon possession with psychology, not with more “bomoh-logy” or old school shamanism

Azly Rahman (nsnbc) : It was reported last week that several schools in the town of Pengkalan Chepa in the Islamic Party-ruled state of Kelantan were struck by a case of mass hysteria; students possessed by demons More...

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By Azly Rahman On Thursday, April 14th, 2016
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Between Zakir Naik and Malaysia’s own P. Ramlee: Letting Radical Islamism colonize the nation?

Azly Rahman (nsnbc) : Controversial Indian-born Islamic preacher, banned in the UK is now in Malaysia on a lecture tour or what he called global “dakwa”. The people are uneasy over his presence. Some want him More...

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By Azly Rahman On Saturday, February 13th, 2016
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Sleeping with great books: a child’s recollection

Azly Rahman (nsnbc) : If there were two very close friends in my life and especially during my childhood, they were: 1) An imaginary friend who had multiple personalities who lived up on a tree I frequently climb, More...

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By Azly Rahman On Thursday, December 24th, 2015
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Create Christianophobia in Malaysia, we must not!

Azly Rahman (nsnbc) : Malaysians are angry and deeply bothered by the recent issue of Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) organising what was reported as an “anti-Christianisation” conference. There is nothing More...

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By Azly Rahman On Friday, December 4th, 2015
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A Malaysian Reflection on an American Thanksgiving

Azly Rahman (nsnbc) : I have come to appreciate Thanksgiving not only as a non-denominational, non-religious, non-ideological American celebration but also a day to also reflect upon Malaysia, the beloved country More...

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By Azly Rahman On Saturday, November 21st, 2015
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Akademie Renaissance: Schools People of Sarawak deserves

Azly Rahman (nsnbc) : Bravo. Bravo. Bravo. Three cheers for people of Sarawak, Malaysia for making English the state’s official language, besides preserving the status of Bahasa Malaysia. This move makes a lot More...

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By Azly Rahman On Thursday, November 5th, 2015
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How best to teach History – The case of Malaysia

Azly Rahman (nsnbc) : There is a nagging debate emerging: either to teach Social Contract or Malaysian History. I feel that the framers of the debate are getting confused and asking the wrong questions about how More...