Dear Friends and Colleagues:
When in Kuala Lumpur last month to speak at the International Islamic University of Malaysia and to meet with members of CRT-Malaysia, I was re-introduced to the thinking of Malaysia's Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi on an Islam that can be a full participant in today's global human civilization. He calls this approach to his religion "Islam Hadari" and has written several essays to set forth his point of view.
With the Caux Round Table's discussion with Muslim scholars on the levels of meaning in Qur'anic guidance for good governance, I have read and reflected on Prime Minister Badawi's understanding of Islam Hadari. I have also been privileged to discuss his approach with the Prime Minister in person.
As the United States looks forward to a new president assuming office in January 2009, I thought it timely to express a personal point of view on some moral dimensions of the War on Terror as it has been undertaken to date by the Bush Administration with the thought that strategic reassessment would be appropriate on the part of candidates for that high office.
Therefore, I attach for your review my thoughts on how Islam Hadari opens new policy possibilities for the United States to follow in world affairs.
Stephen B. Young
Global Executive Director
Caux Round Table
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