A book by Pulitzer prize winning author and journalist Geraldine Brooks has joined the ranks of books with a religious theme now banned in the country. The latest list of publications banned by the KDN was made public today. The New Straits Times has the list.
Brooks spent six years covering the Middle East for the Wall Street Journal. Nine Parts of Desire (1994) is her first book, and is "an exploration of the daily life of Muslim women and the often contradictory forces that shape their lives". The books was an international best seller and has been translated into 17 languages.
The book has been available in Malaysian bookshops since its publication (I bought it here). So now of course one wonders just what is behind its banning? And more than that, what the further implications for this society are when information and viewpoints and that have been hitherto been considered a perfectly acceptable part of the country's intellectual discourse are now considered "haram".
(I read the book way back and can still remember her harrowing descriptions of genital mutilation ... time to reread it, I suppose.)
Several other English books are on the list. I've put in links where I can find them.
Unveiled At Last - Bob Sjogren
The Last of the Giants - George Otis Jr
Inside the Community: Understanding Muslims Through Their Traditions - Phil Parshall
Now You Can Know What Muslims Believe (Ministries to Muslims, US = 28 page booklet)
Blind Following of Madhhabs - Shaykh Muhammad Sultaan (Al-Hidaayah Publishing, UK);
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
Islam in Context Past, Present and Future - Peter G. Riddell, Peter Cotterell
Feminism and Islamic Fundamentalism, The Limit of Postmodern Analysis - Haideh Moghissi
Islam At The Crossroads Understanding Its Beliefs, History and Conflicts - Paul Marshall, Roberta Green, Lela Gilbert
Glad News! God Loves You My Muslims Friend - Samy Tanagho
The Fifth Pillar A Spiritual Pilgrimage - David Zeidan
Heart of the Koran - Lex Hixton
The Life and Times of Muhammad - Sir John Glubb
Inside Islam The Faith, The People And The Conflicts of the World's Fastest Growing Religion - John Miller,
Jesus and Muhammad Profound Differences and Suprising Similarities - Mark A. Gabriel
Nine Parts of Desire The Hidden World of Islamic Women - Geraldine Brooks
Introducing Islam (The Basics) - Kim Whiteheads
Introducing Islam: Islam, Christianity, and Judaism - Dorothy Kavanaugh
Murder in the Name of Allah -Hazrat Mirza, Tahir Ahmad
The New Paths in Muslim Evangelism, Evangelical, Approaches to Contextualization - Phil Parshall
The full list also includes locally published titles in Malay, and others published in Indonesia.
Australian blogger Happy Antipodean comments on this story.
(Thanks Amir letting me know.)