Window to the Malay mind

comments     AB Sulaiman     Published     Updated

The debate about the word ‘Allah’ gets more interesting and challenging as days go by. The background is simple enough to enunciate, and I reiterate it here as a reminder (principally to myself) not to be confused about the issue.

It is that the generic or mainstream Malay mind does not distinguish between (a) the term ‘Allah’ as a concept of the transcendent super-being, and (b) as a specific name to label it. So to the Malay mind there is no difference between god as the concept and as a name give to recognise it; they are perceived as identical and synonymous to one another.

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