Malaysian model

A different kind of Islamic state
Delegates to the World Council of Churches’ Faith and Order Commission meeting in Kuala Lumpur in August had the novel experience of seeing their sessions covered in the Malaysian media with the intensity that normally attends national elections or the latest developments in the “Malaysian Idol” competition. Malaysian Christians enjoyed this unprecedented public attention given to their church life. The government and most media celebrated the event—the first major WCC meeting ever held in a Muslim country—as testimony to the country’s diversity and harmony.


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