Lecturer: Religious extremism threatens harmony

Monday, 20 March 2017

The Star Online

It was reported that Associate Professor Syed Farid Alatas from the Department of Sociology at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences delivered a lecture on “The Universality of Human Rights in Harmony with Religions”, organised by Suhakam in Kuala Lumpur on 18 March 2017. In his lecture, he touched on religious extremism, discussed its impact on harmony and society, the religious spirit of harmony, and suggested that the modern notion of human rights was mostly in line with Islamic traditions. Dr Syed Farid urged for discourse on hate speech and the need to draw the line. He also said that Muslims need to stand up for non-Muslims and minority Muslims here if there is to be change.

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