Searching for Inter-religious Dialogue on Malaysian Television

By Nur Kareelawati Abd. Karim and Muhammad Yusuf Khalid.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The new millennium witnesses a new phenomenon that is known as “back to religion” along with the impact of the article of Samuel Huntington (1993) “the Clash of Civilization.” This new phenomenon promotes inter-religious dialogue as one of the methods of propagating the teaching of religion to achieve global peace. Inter-religious dialogue has never been broadcast in any form on Malaysian television due to multicultural sensitivities. The relationships between inter-religious dialogue and Islamic Da’wah, dialogue initiatives in Malaysia, as well as the concept of 1Malaysia and Interreligious dialogue will be discussed in the first portion of this article. The second part of it will be focusing on the search for inter-religious dialogue on Malaysian television which based on preliminary views of the producers and regulators who work with the government, private and satellite television broadcasters. The “theory of practices” focuses on media as practices and religion as practices has been explored to further clarify any prospect and potential for the broadcasting of inter-religious dialogue on Malaysian television in future.

Keywords: Inter-religious Dialogue, Television, 1Malaysia, Islamic Da’wah, Media Practice

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 7, pp.87-104. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 881.711KB).

Nur Kareelawati Abd. Karim

Lecturer, Communication Program, Faculty of Leadership & Management, Faculty of Leadership & Management, Islamic Science University, Nilai, Malaysia

Is a lecturer in Islamic Da’wah and broadcasting at the Faculty of Leadership and Management, Islamic Science University of Malaysia (USIM).Holding a Masters Degree in Da’wah & Leadership from National University of Malaysia and a B.A. in Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Heritage (Fiqh & Usul Fiqh) from International Islamic University, Malaysia. Prior to joining academia, she has served ASTRO All Asia Broadcast Centre, a sole satellite television station in Malaysia for seven precious years. Her experience at Al Jazeera News Unit, Network Presentation Unit, Multimedia InteractiveTechnology in ASTRO have inspired her to explore various areas of media, culture, and religion. Her biggest passion are TV & its audience, interfaith,Islamic Da’wah and multiculturalism.

Dr. Muhammad Yusuf Khalid

Senior Lecturer, Da'wah & Management Program, Faculty of Leadership & Management, Islamic Science University, Nilai, Malaysia

Is currently a Senior Lecturer in Da’wah Programme, Faculty of Leadership & Management. Obtained his PhD in Da’wah & Leadership from the National University of Malaysia, M.A.Islamic Revealed Knowledge & Heritage from International Islamic University of Malaysia and a B.A. in Usuluddin , Islamic University Madinah. His deepest interest is in Interfaith dialogue and communication, Islamic Da’wah & New Media.

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