The culture of tolerance in families of new muslims convert

Suraya Sintang, and Khadijah Mohd Khambali, and Nurhanisah Senin, and Suhaida Shahrud-Din, and Nur Farhana Abdul Rahman, and Siti Hamimah Mat Zin, (2013) The culture of tolerance in families of new muslims convert. Middle-East Journal of Scientific Research, 14 (12). pp. 1665-1675. ISSN 1990-9233


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In this paper, the authors seek to highlight the importance of tolerance in the pluralistic community of Malaysia as being stated in Article 11 of the constitution which stresses religious freedom in developing a harmonious co-existence. To recognize the tolerance practices in Malaysia, this paper focuses on the new converts in Sabah. As this is a qualitative research in nature, it includes in-depth interviews with the new Sabahan Muslim converts comprised of Kadazandusun, Murut, Rungus, Sino and Chinese. The questions that arise basically pertainto their relationship with their family of previous faith after they have converted to Islam. The results confirm that living in a multi-faith surroundingis not a forbidding factor in developing religious and cultural tolerance amongst the family members. The daily communication and accommodation even develop better mutual understanding, respect and tolerance towards the new Muslim that eventually leads to the supportive response from the family of origin in practising the new lifestyle as a Muslim. In sum, the cultural tolerance has superseded the diversity of religions and ethnics in Malaysia through extensive daily communications and encounters amongst the different faith societies

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: tolerance, pluralistic community, muslim convert
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
Divisions: SCHOOL > Centre for the Promotion of Knowledge and Language Learning
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2016 03:30
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2017 02:29

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