International Forum Series 2: Charlie Hebdo: Ripple Effect in Nusantara



Sisters in Islam (SIS) and Komuniti Muslim Universal (KMU Malaysia) are pleased to invite you to join Forum Series 2 of the International Public Forum on “Charlie Hebdo: Ripple Effect in Nusantara” (“Charlie Hebdo: Respon dan Kesannya di Nusantara”).

Terror attacks in France have caused a worldwide debate with polarised responses by various international and local communities. Nusantara region is not an exception. Many Muslims are outraged by Charlie Hebdo’s caricature for being overtly blasphemous, provocative and insulting to the religion of Islam. However, not many have stood up against the killings or terror in the name of religion. In this forum, we will explore multidimensional issues such as freedom of expression, blasphemy and hate speech from socio-political and socio-theological perspectives in Nusantara.


Aizat Shamsuddin, Komuniti Muslim Universal


Dwi Rubiyanti Kholifah, Asian Muslim Action Network, Indonesia

Dwi Rubiyanti Kholifah (Ruby Kholifah) is Secretary General  of the Asian Muslim Action Network (AMAN). Her engagement in women peace and security started with the Indonesia program in 2007. With AMAN in Indonesia, she initiated Women School for Peace to facilitate as a leadership incubator for women to strengthen community resilience through the role of women. Managing 39 Women’s  School for Peace in 7 provinces of Indonesia, has been involved in more than 1500 interfaith  mothers as leaders of change. In implementing UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and  Security (WPS), AMAN has been actively facilitating constructive engagement of CSO in the decision making process. She is also involved in the transformation within the muslim community in Thailand by providing exchange between Indonesia Women Ulama Congress (KUPI) and Ulama from Southern Thailand.

Imran Taib, Centre for Interfaith Understanding, Singapore

Mohamed Imran Mohamed Taib is a founding Board Member, and former Director of Centre for Interfaith Understanding (Singapore). He is also director of Budhi, an intercultural and Asian heritage consultancy based in Singapore. His work focuses on multiculturalism, interfaith relations and Malay/Muslim reform. He was formerly with the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) and an associate research fellow at the Studies in Interreligious Relations in Plural Societies programme, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS). His commentaries have appeared in Channel NewsAsia, Today, Straits Times, Berita Harian, Berita Mediacorp, Jakarta Post and South China Morning Post. He is co-editor of Budi Kritik (2019), a compilation of critical essays on Malay/Muslim issues. He is a graduate in Philosophy.

Dr. Imam Nahe’i, Komnas Perempuan, Indonesia

Dr. Imam Nahe’i is a commissioner of the National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) in Indonesia. He is also an academic at the University of Ibrahimy Situbindo, Jawa Timur, Indonesia. His writing publications include Fiqh Anti Trafficking (Fahmina’s publication), Fiqih Keseharian Buruh Migran (Fahmina’s publication), Fiqih Pluralis (Puslitbang Kemenag RI’s publication) and Qawa’id Fiqih (Ibrahimy Press’ publication). He is also an alumnus of the education cadre of Indonesian Ulama’ Council (PKU-MUI) (1997 force). He is very active in educational discussions, workshops and training sessions in relation to human rights and gender. Besides that, he is part of a number of Non Government Organizations (NGOs) addressing issues of human rights and gender equality.

*For your information, Forum Series 2 will be conducted in English and Malay.

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