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Dr. Mohamed Fauzi Yaacob gave a lecture on Pluralism in Malaysia

On July 1, 2014, Professor Dr. Mohamed Fauzi Yaacob, a Visiting Professor at Soka University and Former Dean of Faculty of Arts and Social Science, University of Malaya, gave a lecture on “Embracing Pluralism: A Commentary on an Initiative” at the lecture hall of the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP).

In his speech, Prof. Dr. Yaacob emphasized the need for Malaysian citizens to appreciate and embrace pluralism as a means to realize national integration and global peace. He introduced speeches made by Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Dato Seri Mohd. Najib Abdul Razak and said that the world is facing not a clash between religions but rather between moderates and the extremists of all religions. Dr. Yaacob introduced an Arabic term, wasatiyyah, which is often translated in English as moderation, balance, justice or excellence, and urged that the wasatiyyah movement  be accepted internationally to avoid religious extremism. He also addressed the importance of promoting dialogue, mutual respect, understanding and acceptance among different religions, cultures, races and ethnicities to foster a more inclusive, sustainable and equitable society.

Dr. Mohamed Fauzi Yaacob had been a fellow at Harvard University and London School of Economics and Political Science. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Faculty of Economics, Soka University.

Organizer: The Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP)
Date: July 1, 2014

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