This book is based on the outcome of commentaries mainly written for the column representing the Centre for Policy Research and International Studies (CenPRIS), Universiti Sains Malaysia, in the New Sunday Times (NST) between March 2016 to June 2017. The column appears fortnightly, deliberating and expressing intellectual and societal concerns. The writings and arguments have taken on a tenor that can be fairly described as providing critical and alternative perspectives centering on the nexus between academic and policy discourse.
For the duration, the space carries themes and issues resonating on knowledge production and discourse particularly centering on social science — its uses, problems and inﬂuence, the representation of modern ideas and some of its problems, as well as some concerns on knowledge and education, the university, and the nation. In so doing, this book demonstrates the need for academics and scholars to extend their thoughts and ideas to the public domain for the beneﬁt of the society and the policy community.
This book is divided into three parts. Part one is titled ‘Social Science, Development, and Countering Modern Orientalism,’ part two is ‘Othering Globalisation: Rights and the Image of Islam,’ and part three ‘Education, Nation-building, and Society.’ The arrangements of the essays provide a blend of the themes and issues.
About the authors: Ahmad Murad Merican is Professor with the Centre for Policy Research and Policy Studies (CenPRIS), University Sains Malaysia. He is author, editor/co-editor of 11 books. His latest book is In Other Words: Ideas on journalism, Social Science and Society (2017).
Azeem Fazwan Ahmad Farouk is an associate professor and director CenPRIS, USM. His scholarly works have been published by leading academic journals in the country such as Kajian Malaysia (Journal of Malaysia Studies), Akademika, and Pertanika. He writes regularly for CenPRIS’ column that appears in the New Sunday Times.
Mohamed Ghouse Nasuruddin is Emeritus Professor of Performing Arts at University Sains Malaysia. He has written seven books on dance, music and theatre and performs dance, music, and also writes and directs plays at the local and international levels. Currently he writes on governance, culture, and heritage and education. He is an Honorary Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research and International Studies (CenPRlS).