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    Conceptualizing Islamic Ethics for Contemporary Muslim Societies.Fethi B. Jomaa Ahmed - 2020 - Intellectual Discourse 28 (1):319-344.
    : Contemporary Muslim societies suffer from numerous endemicproblems such as corruption, poverty, and gender inequality. In addressingthese problems, scholars tend to consider sociological models, and overlookthe potential of Islamic ethical perspectives. The Islamic sources, particularlythe Qur’an provide pertinent insights on ethics that should be foremost in theminds of those seeking to alleviate social problems in Muslim communities.Essential writings on ethics, particularly Tahdhib al-Akhlāq by Ibn Miskawayh,The Moral World of the Qur’an by Draz, and The Ethico-Religious Conceptsin the Qur’an by Izutsu (...)
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    Mathematics Anxiety and Performance Among College Students: Effectiveness of Systematic Desensitization Treatment.Najihah Akeb-Urai, Nor Ba’ Yah Abdul Kadir & Rohany Nasir - 2020 - Intellectual Discourse 28 (1):99-127.
    : This study examines the effectiveness of systematic desensitizationtreatment on mathematics anxiety and performance among year one collegestudents. This study employs a quasi-experimental research design. The samplefor this study is drawn based on convenience sampling. The sample consistsof 65 year one students of which 32 are under the experimental group andanother 33 are under to control group. The instruments used in collectingdata are The Adopt and Adapt Fennama-Sherman Mathematics Attitude Scale, Neo-Five-Factory Personality Inventory, MathematicsPerformance Test, and The Systematic Desensitization Module. (...)
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    Revisiting Southeast Asian Civil Islam: Moderate Muslims and Indonesia’s Democracy Paradox.M. Khusna Amal - 2020 - Intellectual Discourse 28 (1):295-318.
    : There has been an intensive scholarly debate about the developmentof Indonesia’s post-New Order democracy. Some scholars have laudedIndonesia’s surprisingly successful transition to democratic consolidation,while others have disputed such a notion, arguing that Indonesia’s democraticprocess tends to be stagnant and even regressive. However, the absence ofa progressive civil society as a result of the increasingly dominant positionof oligarchic political elites in the structure of state power and democraticinstitutions, are a number of important factors that encourage the declineof democracy. This article (...)
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    Faith and Practice: Islamic Perspectives on Robert Browning.Rehnuma Bint Anis & Md Mahmudul Hasan - 2020 - Intellectual Discourse 28 (1):129-148.
    : One of the greatest poets of the Victorian period, Robert Browningis taught universally from school through university levels. Given suchmagnitude, the multifaceted poet deserves research attention from variousperspectives. A fascinating aspect of his poetry is that, in spite of his refusal tobe labelled as a Christian, he displays strong faith in God and the afterlife. Hispoetry is steeped in religious connotations that derive heavily from the Bible.There are striking similarities between many concepts preached by Islam andChristianity. It will be (...)
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    Sharīʿah Criminal Law Enforcement in Hisbah Framework: Practice In Malaysia.Alias Azhar, Muhammad Hafiz Badarulzaman, Fidlizan Muhammad & Siti Zamarina Mat Zaib - 2020 - Intellectual Discourse 28 (1):149-170.
    : Hisbah is the most important institution in a society and nation.Enforcement parties are those who are directly involved in executing this. Incarrying out their duties, they bear heavy responsibility because it involvesthe rights of Allah and the rights of human. Hisbah implies theimplementation of al-amr bi-l-maʿrūf when it is clear thatit is abandoned, and wa-n-nahy ʿani-l-munkar when itis clear that it is done. This study is based on the concept of Hisbah in SharīʿahLaw which is of a general and (...)
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    Pathways of Becoming Political Party Activists: The Experience of Malay-Muslim Grassroots Party Activists.Wan Rohila Ganti Bt Wan Abdul Ghapar & Ahmad Fauzi Abdul Hamid - 2020 - Intellectual Discourse 28 (1):5-33.
    : Whilst the recent electoral performance of Parti Islam seMalaysia and Pertubuhan Kebangsaan Melayu Bersatu in Terengganuhas generated much interest, there are lack of studies over the involvementand motivations of the most committed party players; the grassrootsparty activists. PAS and UMNO are strongly supported by committed andextraordinary party members at the grassroots level who devote their time,money, effort, and energy to ensure the party they support wins elections andremains relevant. Unlike other professions, they are working for the party on afull-time (...)
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    States of Separation. Transfer, Partition, and the Making of the Modern Middle East. By Laura Robson. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press, 2017, Pp. 247. ISBN 9785229215427. [REVIEW]Kaoutar Guediri - 2020 - Intellectual Discourse 28 (1):345-356.
    Reviewer: Kaoutar Guediri, Assistant Professor, Department of Historyand Civilization, Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge andHuman Sciences, International Islamic University Malaysia. E-mail:kawtharguediri@iium.edu.my.
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    Editors Note.Ishtiaq Hossain - 2020 - Intellectual Discourse 28 (1):1-5.
    Intellectual Discourse, Volume 27, Number 1, 2019 contains thirteenresearch articles and a book review. The subjects covered by thesearticles are indeed wide and include a variety of diverse issues fromthe syntactical regulator in the Arabic syntax, consequences of the Thaimilitary’s crackdown on the Red Shirts in May 2010, to an analysis ofOrder and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations fromthe point of view of the English School of International Relations.
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    Mediation and Interreligious Discourse: Prospects and Challenges in Resolving Interreligious Skirmishes in Malaysia.Haslina Ibrahim & Ainul Jaria bt Maidin - 2020 - Intellectual Discourse 28 (1):35-59.
    : This article aims to promote mediation as an alternative disputeresolution mechanism to deal with interreligious skirmishes taking place inMalaysia. This is in view of the increasing statistics of interreligious disputesreported in the media. The reason for recommending interreligious mediationis due to its constructive nature in peacebuilding initiatives and its successfulstories across the globe. The article discusses the potential actors of religiousmediators and their requirements as well as the processes and conditions for asuccessful mediation. The article also highlights the need (...)
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    Imperialism, Colonialism and Their Contribution to the Formation of Malay and Chinese Ethnicity: An Historical Analysis.Khauthar Ismail - 2020 - Intellectual Discourse 28 (1):171-193.
    : Ethnicity is a complex concept which is easily taken as a primordialnotion inherited from previous generations. This primordial understanding ofethnicity continues to dominate post-independence Malaysian authority andeveryday actors based on two factors. First, the lack of any critical historicalanalysis for understanding the present situation. Second, there are social,economic and political needs for maintaining the separation of ethnicitieswhich consequently maintain the imperial and colonial epistemologicalunderstanding of ‘race’ in the present State ethnic bureaucratic system. Themain objective of this article is to (...)
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    Examining the Role of ‘Ulamā in the Islamization Process of the Malay World.Mohd Noh Abdul Jalil & Mohd Roslan Mohd Nor - 2020 - Intellectual Discourse 28 (1):61-76.
    : This article analyses the roles of ‘ulamā’ in propagating the messageof Islam in the Malay world. Islam managed to reach many corners of the Malayworld in the 17th century. Evidence has indicated that ‘ulamā’ were amongthose who had participated actively in propagating the messages of Islam tothe local people. Classical Malay texts served as the best available records tounderstand the roles of these ‘ulamā’ at that time. Hence, analysis are made onselected classical Malay texts in order to understand the (...)
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    Metodologi Penyelidikan Dalam Pendidikan: Amalan Dan Analisis Kajian. By Ghazali Darusalam & Sufean Hussin. Kuala Lumpur: Penerbit Universiti Malaya, 2019, Pp. 630. ISBN: 978-967-488-009- 5. [REVIEW]Khairil Husaini Bin Jamil - 2020 - Intellectual Discourse 28 (1).
    Reviewer: Khairil Husaini Bin Jamil, Department of Qurʾān andSunnah Studies, Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and HumanSciences, International Islamic University Malaysia. Email: husaini@iium.edu.my.
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    Removal of Despotic Political Regime: The Abū Dharr’s Legacy and Its Legitimacy.Mohd Shah Jani & Raudlotul Firdaus Binti Fatah Yasin - 2020 - Intellectual Discourse 28 (1):195-213.
    : This article is a humble attempt at highlighting the controversiesregarding the legitimacy of popular resistance or revolutionary movement tobring down Muslim political regime that claimed to be despotic, unjust andeven un-Islamic. Having the fact on the existence of another view by majorityscholars that more inclined towards pacifist ideology which stressed onpolitical stability as a prerequisite to prosperity, the article emphasizes moreon the revolutionary school, while the second shall be highlighted when it isnecessary for comparison. Employing qualitative method of study, (...)
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    Role of Judaism, Christianity and Islam in Promoting Human Values in the Strife-Torn World.Israr Ahmad Khan - 2020 - Intellectual Discourse 28 (1):77-98.
    : The modern era may be deemed as that of scientific and technologicaldevelopment but peace and harmony among the people remain elusive. Thetwo world wars, Palestinian problem, bombing of world twin towers, invasionof Muslim countries by Americans and allied forces, and the continuous bloodshedding of humanity in one form or another in different parts of the world, allthese horrifying phenomena prove lack of political will on the part of UnitedNations. Had religions in the strife-torn regions played their crucial role, therewould (...)
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    Our Constitution. By Shad Saleem Faruqi. Subang Jaya, Malaysia: Sweet & Maxwell, 2019, Pp. 425. ISBN 9789672187059 (Paperback). [REVIEW]Ramizah Wan Muhammad - 2020 - Intellectual Discourse 28 (1):349-353.
    Reviewer: Ramizah Wan Muhammad, Associate Professor, Departmentof Islamic Law, Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, InternationalIslamic University Malaysia. Email: ramizah@iium.edu.my.
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    Ecological Modernization: In Malaysia: A Review of Pakatan Harapan’s Manifesto Manifesto During the 14th General Election Within the Context of Ecological Modernization Framework. [REVIEW]Noor Asyhikin Binti Abd Razak & Nor Azlin Binti Tajuddin - 2020 - Intellectual Discourse 28 (1):241-259.
    : Ecological Modernization theory emerged during the 1980s inresponse to other environmental sociology theories that mostly denunciateindustrialization and modernization as culprits of environmental degradation.The basic view of Ecological Modernization is to find a balance betweendevelopment of society and nation as well as environmental protection.Some scholars believe that this is the best module to develop a country, whileothers criticize it as a pro-capitalist concept. As Malaysia is now pushingits status towards becoming a developed and high-income nation, people’swellbeing as well as environmental (...)
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    Nigeria’s Foreign Policy Goals in Peacekeeping Operations in Africa.Sani Safiyanu, Roy Anthony Rogers & Wan Sharina Ramlah Wan Ahmad Amin Jaffri - 2020 - Intellectual Discourse 28 (1):215-240.
    : In line with its foreign policy objectives, Nigeria, since itsindependence, has been participating in Peacekeeping Operations in Africa. It was in recognition of the country’s commitment to the UnitedNations’ objectives of maintaining peace and security that made itcontribute troops to the UN Operation in the Congo for the first timein 1960. For more than fifty years, Nigeria has continued to make giant stridesand commitment in this regard. This paper examines the benefits it derivesfrom participating in PKOs in Africa under (...)
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    Education for the Production and Reproduction of Docile Bodies: The Problems of Civic Education in Thailand.Siwach Sripokangkul - 2020 - Intellectual Discourse 28 (1):261-294.
    over a decade, Thai traditional elites and old-style bureaucrats have stated thatthe problem of Thai political development derives from a lack of ‘citizenship’characteristics in Thai people. In their view, the best solution has been to educatethe masses and to cultivate civic education by teaching both it and Thai ‘corevalues’ as a subject to students. As a result, the students have become patriotic“saviours”. They are expected to be strong citizens who can solve the politicaldevelopment problem under the ‘Democratic Regime of the (...)
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    Education for the Production and Reproduction of Docile Bodies: The Problems of Civic Education in Thailand.Siwasri Sripokangkul - 2020 - Intellectual Discourse 28 (1):261-294.
    over a decade, Thai traditional elites and old-style bureaucrats have stated thatthe problem of Thai political development derives from a lack of ‘citizenship’characteristics in Thai people. In their view, the best solution has been to educatethe masses and to cultivate civic education by teaching both it and Thai ‘corevalues’ as a subject to students. As a result, the students have become patriotic“saviours”. They are expected to be strong citizens who can solve the politicaldevelopment problem under the ‘Democratic Regime of the (...)
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