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The Name of God on Trial: Narratives of law, religion and state in Malaysia

Neoh, Joshua


The power to name is both an awesome and awful power – it is an exercise of sovereign power. In the Abrahamic religions, the monotheistic God is the ultimate sovereign. The power to name God, then, is one of the most magnificent powers that is conceivable to humans: it is the sovereign power to name the ultimate sovereign. It is this naming of God that has been put on trial in Malaysia. The state decrees that the name ‘Allah’ is only to be used in reference to the Islamic God....[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Law Text Culture


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