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Islamic thugs attack academic debate on liberal Islam - and university backs down

Response by Zainal Abidin Bagir to the cancellation of Irshad Manji book launch.

That Irshad Manji was denied permission to set foot for the second  time on the grounds of Gadjah Mada University (May 9, 2012) must make  us, especially those of us in academia, think again. There is no need to  hide the fact that the cancellation of this event was precipitated by  threats from some mass organizations, although it is not always clear  exactly who they are.  Doesn’t this make us think about the future of the academic environment here at Gadjah Mada University?

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