The titles are listed below. And so you can make up your own mind about whether these books should have been taken out of circulation or not, and look for patterns, I've put in links and footnotes wherever I could find information. (I found nothing at all on the Bahasa Malaysia books.)
Secrets Of The Koran: Revealing Insights Into Islam’s Holy Book by Don Richardson (1)(1) Don Richardson is a Christian missionary who accuses writers like Karen Armstrong (some books by whom are also banned) of "whitewashing" the reality about Islam.
Qur’an and Women Rereading the Secrets Text From Woman’s Perspective by Amina Wadud (2)
The Two Faces Of Islam: Saudi Fundamentalism and Its Role in Terrorism by Stephen Schwartz (3)
Woman In Islam by Margaret Speaker-Yuan
Islam Unveiled: Disturbing Questions About The World’s Fastest Growing Faith by Robert Spencer (4)
What Makes Me A Muslim by Catherine M. Petrina
The Importance Of Muhammad by Marilyn Tower Oliver
Faiths - Islam : Worship, Festival and Ceremonies From Around The World by Trevor Barnes
Amalan Kemurahan Rezeki by Lifa Karimah (I can find no information on this one.)
Rahsia Jalan Yang Lurus and
Islam & Pluralisme by Al-Mustaqeem Mahmood Radhi
(2) Amina Wadud is an African- American professor of Islamic studies and has won awards for her work.
In 2005, (according to Ali Eteraz on the Guardian website) :
Wadud led the first publicly-held, mixed gender, Friday sermon and prayer in history. Wadud's book and leadership opened the door to the first feminist translation of the Quran, by a woman named Laleh Bakhtiar, which removed the permission for wife-beating from the translation by choosing one of the alternative meanings of an Arabic verb. It would appear that Wadud had quite an impact.(3) Stephen Swartz is interviewed here about his book on Saudi fundamentalism, and a review appears on the Atlantic.com website.
(4) More about Robert Spencer here and on Youtube.
If there's no space for intelligent public debate on these bannings, at least let me give it a little room in the comments to this post. (Please let me stress that word again - intelligent - no slagging off allowed!)
Fathi Aris Omar has put up a very useful list of links about this (and other incidents of) book banning.
And I thought this comment from Zaharan Razak particularly apt:
How are we going to grow up wise and worldly if we are prevented from knowing what the "other side" is saying? How are we going to grow up big and strong and take our place on the world stage if we don't know our weaknesses?