Book Censorship

Jun 11th, 2007, in News, by

Indonesian books banned in Malaysia.

Malaysia recently banned 37 books and other publications on Islam, some of them from Indonesia, saying that they contain “twisted facts” that could undermine the faith of ordinary Muslims.

Che Din Yusoh, an official of the Publications and Quranic Texts Control Division, said, in a south-east Asian spirit: pr-inside

These publications can cause confusion and apprehension among Muslims and eventually jeopardize public order.

The content of the books were said to:

twist facts and true Islamic teachings, or contain elements that mislead the faithful and humiliate the prophets.

Those books banned published in Indonesia are: nst

  • Petunjuk Membuat Azimat dan Benda Bertuah: Abd. Hamid Zahwan (CV.Aneka, Solo),
  • Islam Tanpa Syariat Menggali Universalitas Tradisi: Ziauddin Sardar (Penerbit Grafindo);
  • Ombak Hidup Mengalami Damai Di Mata Taufan – (Yayasan Isahi Nusantara, Jakarta),
  • The Passion of Christ Kesengsaraan Al-Masihi; Mujarobat Ilmu Kekebalan: Ahmad Toha, Abdul Ghoni (CV Bintang);
  • Menyoal Relevensi Sunnah Dalam Islam Modern: Daniel W. Brown, Jaziar Radianti (Penerbitan Mizan, Bandung);
  • Rahasia Manusia Menyingkap Ruh Ilahi: Syekh Nur ad-Din ar-Raniri (Pustaka Sufi, Yogyakarta);
  • Ikhtisar Tajul Muluk (Mahkota Raja): Abd.Hamid Zahwan (CV Aneka, Solo);
  • Pilihan Do’a Jaljalut Mengantisipasi Gejolak Zaman Modern: Muh. Rofi’.SI (CV Aneka, Solo);
  • Pengantar Psikologi Al-Quran Dimensi Keilmuan di balik Mushaf Utsmani: Dr Lukman Saksonro (PT Grafikatama Jaya);
  • One True God Risiko Sejarah Bertuhan Satu: Rodney Stark, Sadat Ismail (Penerbit Qalam,Yogyakarta);
  • Tasawuf Dalam Qur’an: Dr Mir Valiudin (Pustaka Firdaus, Jakarta); and
  • Wahdat Al-Adyan Dialog Pluralisme Agama: Fathimah Usman (LK iS Yogyakarta).

Malaysia published books banned:

  • Ringkasan Mafatih Al-Jinan Kunci Pembuka Syurga: Syeikh At-Tuisy (Jasmin Enterprise, Kuala Lumpur)
  • Bahaya Tarikat Sufi/Tasawuf Terhadap Masyarakat: Ustaz Rasul Bin Dahri (Perniagaan Jaha Bersaudara, Johor)
  • Apa itu Ahmadiyah?: Mirza Bashiruddin, Mahmud Ahmad (Jemaat Islam Ahmadiah, Batu Caves).

Books in English banned:

  • Unveiled At Last: Bob Sjogren (YWAM Publishing, United States);
  • The Last of the Giants: George Otis Jr (Fleming H.Revell, US);
  • Inside the Community: Understanding Muslims Through Their Traditions: Phil Parshall (Baker Books, US);
  • Now You Can Know What Muslims Believe: (Ministries to Muslims, US);
  • Blind Following of Madhhabs: Shaykh Muhammad Sultaan (Al-Hidaayah Publishing, United Kingdom);
  • My Journey from The Christianity of Ahlul Sunnah Wal Jamaah To The Islam Of The Prophet: Saim Bakar;
  • Answering Islam The Crescent in Light of the Cross: Norman L Geisler, Abdul Saleeb (Baker Books, US);
  • Islam in Context Past, Present and Future: Peter G. Riddell, Peter Cotterell (Baker Academic, US);
  • Feminism and Islamic Fundamentalism, The Limit of Post-modern Analysis: Haideh Moghissi (Zed Books Ltd, UK);
  • Islam At The Crossroads, Understanding Its Beliefs, History and Conflicts: Paul Marshall, Roberta Green, Lela Gilbert (Baker Books, US);
  • Glad News! God Loves You My Muslim Friends: Samy Tanagho (Authentic Media, US);
  • The Fifth Pillar A Spiritual pilgrimage: David Zeidan (Piquant, Great Britian);
  • Heart of the Koran oleh Lex Hixton (The Theosophical Publishing House, US);
  • The Life and Times of Muhammad: Sir John Glubb (Madison Books, US);
  • Inside Islam The Faith, The People And The Conflicts of the World’s Fastest Growing Religion, – (Marlowe & Company, US);
  • Jesus and Muhammad Profound Differences and Suprising Similarities: Mark A. Gabriel (Charisma House,US);
  • Nine Parts of Desire The Hidden World of Islamic Women: Geraldine Brooks (Anchor Books,US);
  • Introducing Islam: The Basics: Kim Whiteheads (Mason Crest Publishers, Jordan);
  • Introducing Islam: Islam, Christianity, and Judaism: Dorothy Kavanaugh (Mason Crest, Jordan);
  • Murder in the Name of Allah: Hazrat Mirza, Tahir Ahmad (Lutterworth Press, Great Britain); dan,
  • The New Paths in Muslim Evangelism, Evangelical, Approaches to Contextualization (Baker Book House, US).

5 Comments on “Book Censorship”

  1. Denny Crane says:

    Lock and Load for Malaysia.

    Banning these books or any other books for that matter is basically undermining the capacity of Malaysian people in critically filtering and assessing information.

    Denny Crane

  2. Odinius says:

    Nice to see Malaysia thinks so highly of its citizens capacity to think for themselves!

  3. Jaziar says:

    Wow, so surprise to find the book I translated some years ago was banned.

  4. You may find the latest casualties on my blog http://patahbalek.blogspot.com/.

    As recent as November last year, another Indonesian book was also banned. See my posting here http://patahbalek.blogspot.com/2007/11/fiqh-perempuan.html

    See also these two letters from Malaysiakini.com readers.

    http://www.malaysiakini.com/letters/77904

    http://www.malaysiakini.com/letters/77984

  5. Purboyekso says:

    It’s so pathetic, I can imagine how they live in a restrict country like Malaysia, it seems living in Indonesia when Soeharto was dominating the authority..
    So pathetic!!

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