Abdul Karim, also known as, Leslie Terebessy. Senior Lecturer and English Editor at the Islamic Science University of Malaysia (2002 – 2008). He was a Research and Associate Research Fellow at IAIS (2008 – 2017). He earned an M.A. in political philosophy from the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada (1999); an M.Ed. (1986) at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) in moral and religious education and a B.A. (Honors) from the University of Guelph in Ontario (1976) in Political Science & Economics. His interests include Islam, education, and finance. President of the Terebessy Foundation, which seeks to publish relevant research on Islam and contemporary issues
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Leslie Terebesy’s work delves into the complex issues surrounding the erosion of freedoms and restrictive practices within certain parts of the Muslim world. With a critical eye, Terebesy explores the factors that have contributed to the proliferation of prohibitions in Islam, including juristic interpretations, remnants of feudal and authoritarian rule, and the restrictive practices of religious authorities in various nations.
In his book, Terebesy highlights the adverse effects of such restrictions on the growth and development of Muslim communities. He draws attention to instances where religious scholars have imposed a multitude of absolute taboos, sometimes reaching close to a hundred, which have impacted everyday activities like smoking, adoption, surrogate motherhood, music, and public singing. Terebesy also sheds light on questionable financial practices being labeled as “Islamic Banking” and criticizes the resulting potential for serious financial fraud.
Through thoughtful analysis and insightful commentary, Leslie Terebesy presents a comprehensive examination of these issues, aiming to shed light on the complexities and challenges faced by the Muslim world. His works encourages critical thinking, fosters a deeper understanding of religious dynamics, and sparks conversations about the need for balanced interpretations and the preservation of individual freedoms within Islamic societies.