AnwarÆs call for reformasi in Islam

The former finance minister of Malaysia discusses how the Muslim world needs to change û and how the West should, or should not, respond.
Anwar Ibrahim has never been a man easy to label. He is an Islamist, a reformer, a martyr, a government insider. He jokes that the Malaysian government used to accuse him of treason. ôThree years later they made me finance minister.ö

Anwar was jailed in 1998 during the government of former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamed. He led a democratic movement from his cell and was released in 2004. Now a visiting professor of Islamic studies at Georgetown University, Anwar has said he may contest the 2009 elections in Malaysia.

Speaking at the GAIM hedge-fund conference held in Hong Kong this week, he gave an address not about investments but about the state of the...
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