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Month: April 2013

Near Eastern and Semitic Studies Information Archive

I am pleased to announce the launch of the Near Eastern and Semitic Studies Information Archive (NESSIA), a digital library which aims to provide a collection of documents, books and images that are related to the Near East as well as Semitic studies. Our goal is to position ourselves as a useful resource for students, academicians as well as the average person interested in these subjects to visit our site and use our collection as a source for their references.

Between the 17th century and early 20th century, Orientalism was too clearly tainted by Judeo-Christian polemics. The term “Judeo-Christian” in itself is a term that ignores nearly a millennium and a half of Semitic history by its exclusion of Islam as a Semitic religion that today out-populates the “Judeo” by over a billion and is nearly equal to the “Christian” in that most inappropriate term. Though much valuable scholarship was found in that era, the sense of paranoia towards Islam was unambiguous as Orientalist scholarship attempted to discredit Islam upon every level as some illegitimate child of the Semitic tradition.

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Malaysia’s 13th General Elections has arrived

The Malaysian Prime Minister, Datuk Sri Najib Tun Razak has finally announced the dissolution of the Dewan Rakyat, hence paving the way for the 13th General Elections to be held within this month. I am personally hoping for a change of government and with it, a more better sense of managing the economy and making it conducive for small and medium enterprises. The current situation as it is now is truly untenable for myself, as a small business owner struggling to make ends meet with a wife and son. Prices have increased, the cost of living is starting to become unbearable and it doesn’t help when we have corrupt politicians getting away with the NFC, PKFZ and LTAT scandals.

Enough is definitely enough, its time for a new political coalition to take charge.

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