Faris Ridzuan

Mr Faris Ridzuan was Research Officer in the Regional Social and Cultural Studies Programme at the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute.

Articles by Faris Ridzuan (3)

Bon Odori in Malaysia: Dance-off between Revivalism and Multiculturalism

Faris Ridzuan|Afra Alatas

The controversy caused by warnings to Malaysia’s Muslims not to participate in a Japanese-inspired summer festival raises important questions about how Malaysia can sustain its multicultural character against the rising tide of Islamisation.

Custody Woes: PAS’ Calls for the ‘Desecularisation’ of Malaysian Law

Mohd Faizal Musa|Faris Ridzuan

Malaysia’s Islamists and conservatives, led by PAS, are challenging the country’s legal system, calling for the ‘desecularisation’ of Malaysian law in cases involving religious conversions.

Form over Substance: A Threat to Livelihoods and Social Cohesion

Afra Alatas|Faris Ridzuan

Recent trends in Malaysia show that religiously conservative ideas are no longer restricted to the Malay heartlands. There should be more space carved out for freedom of conscience, with less interference from state or civil society actors.