The 'ALLAH' Controversy and other essays on Malaysian Hypermodernity
Dr. Azly Rahman is one of Malaysia's intellectual hopes for the future. Although he currently resides in the United States his heart and mind is still very much in Malaysia, as this volume testifies to. In this collection, he is able to delve deeply into Malaysian consciousness and skilfully peel away each cultural layer to uncover the Malaysian psyche in a way never understood before, exposing our accepted national narratives for what they really are. A true patriot with hope and optimism about the future, Dr. Azly offers a framework for looking at some of the most pressing problems facing Malaysian society today. This volume will help every Malaysian think about what kind of Malaysia they all want for their children.
Dr. Azly Rahman grew up in Johor Bahru, Malaysia and holds a Columbia University (New York City) doctorate in International Education Development and multiple Masters degrees in the fields of Education, International Affairs, Peace Studies and Communication, and recently completed a fifth and sixth in Creative Writing (Memoir and Fiction). He has written more than 400 analyses/opinion essays on Malaysia and global issues. His writings have appeared in scholarly forums in China, Australia, Europe, Indonesia, Malaysia, Greece, Montenegro, Finland, and the United States. His 30 years of teaching experience in Malaysia and the United States span over a wide range of subjects, from elementary to graduate levels, in the fields of Language, Philosophy, Politics, Education, Cultural Studies, International Relations, and Sustainable Tourism. He has edited and authored seven books; Multiethnic Malaysia: Past, Present, Future (2009), Thesis on Cyberjaya: Hegemony and Utopianism in a Southeast Asian State (2012), The Allah Controversy and Other Essays on Malaysian Hypermodernity (2013), Dark Spring: Essays on the Ideological Roots of Malaysia's General Elections-13 (2013), a first Malay publication Kalimah Allah Milik Siapa?: Renungan dan Nukilan Tentang Malaysia di Era Pancaroba (2014), Controlled Chaos: Essays on Mahathirism, Multimedia Super Corridor and Malaysia’s ‘New Politics’ (2014), and One Malaysia under God, Bipolar (2015). He is currently working on his eighth publication, on Gifted and Talented Education in Malaysia, honoring a prominent educator. He is also completing several manuscripts: a novel, a collection of poems, a critical analysis of Islamization in Malaysia, a collection of literary analyses, and sustainability in the modern world. He currently resides in the United States where he teaches courses in Education, Philosophy, Cultural Studies, Global Issues, Sustainable Ecotourism, and American Studies.