Former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ibrahim to Speak at Mason

Posted: November 8, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Christopher Anzalone

George Mason’s Center for Global Studies (CGS) and Phi Beta Delta chapter are sponsoring a presentation by former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim on Monday, Nov. 14. Ibrahim will discuss “After Democracy…What? Prospects for Open Politics in the Muslim World” at 6 p.m. at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall on the Fairfax Campus.

Ibrahim was imprisoned from 1999 to 2004 after criticizing then-Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Ibrahim’s political persecution led to his emergence as a major world voice for human rights. Coming from Malaysia, an emerging democracy where the majority of the population is Muslim, Ibrahim is one of several political science intellectuals arguing for governmental and social reform in the Islamic world.

“Anwar Ibrahim is central to the political future of Malaysia, but he is also a Muslim intellectual with a truly global profile,” says Peter Mandaville, CGS director and an associate professor of public and international affairs. “This appearance by Anwar Ibrahim represents a unique opportunity for the George Mason community to hear the views of a leading opinion maker in the Muslim world.

“His views are widely regarded, and he speaks about issues of democratization and reform from a unique combination of firsthand perspectives – those of policymaker, public intellectual, activist and former political prisoner. Some consider him to represent a sort of ‘third way’ for the Muslim world – a way to remain faithful to religious tradition while simultaneously pursuing genuine democracy and human rights.”

For more information on the event, contact Marcy Glover, the global and educational programs coordinator in the Office of the Provost, at 703-993-8722 or

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