Nur Syafiqah Mohd Taufek

Nur Syafiqah Mohd Taufek was a Research Officer at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute.

Articles by Nur Syafiqah Mohd Taufek (5)

Between Religious Rituals and Safety Protocols in the Time of a Pandemic

Afra Alatas|Nur Syafiqah Mohd Taufek

Religious leaders have an important role to play, in word and deed, to safeguard the physical and spiritual well-being of their flock during this pandemic.

Habib Rizieq and Hardline Islamist Groups: Losing Steam

A'an Suryana|Nur Syafiqah Mohd Taufek

Facing a sentence that will see him behind bars till 2025, radical cleric Habib Rizieq Shihab will face problems bouncing back from the political wilderness. His enforced absence from the political scene will be a boon to secular and nationalist presidential candidates.

Scholarly or Trendy? The Declining Influence of Malaysian Muftis and the Emergence of Popular Preachers

Norshahril Saat|Nur Syafiqah Mohd Taufek

The growing popularity of media savvy celebrity preachers – not all of whom are theologically well-trained – could erode the quality of Islamic discourse in the longer term.

Indonesian Islam beyond Habib Rizieq Shihab: Deconstructing Islamism and Populism

A'an Suryana|Nur Syafiqah Mohd Taufek

The radical Salafi ideology of Muhammad Rizieq Shihab and the Islamic Defender’s Front (FPI) have been at the centre of attention and study for quite a while. Islam in Indonesia, however, is not monolithic – there are some strands which are moderate. The recent retreat of radical and conservative Muslims following pressure from the Joko Widodo government provides a timely opportunity for proponents of moderate Islam to boost their presence on social media – a crucial battleground in the war of religious ideas.

To Ban or Wear: The Niqab in Indonesian Public Offices

A'an Suryana|Nur Syafiqah Mohd Taufek

The central government’s proposal to ban the niqab in Indonesian public offices faces pushback from local political leaders and various quarters of the country’s Muslim community.