Kassim Ahmad

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Gender MALE
Occupation Writer
Location Kulim, Kedah
Introduction (About Kassim Ahmad By: M. Bakri Musa) Kassim Ahmad is Malaysia's foremost thinker and philosopher. He grabbed national headlines in the 1950s with his dissertation on the characters of Hang Tuah (Perwatakan Hang Tuah), the Malay literary classic. In it he challenged the traditional interpretation and made the hitherto hero Hang Tuah as nothing more than a palace hack, and elevated the anti-hero Hang Jebat as the true hero, willing to kill even the sultan in defence of honor and principles. Kassim was jailed for nearly five years under the ISA for daring to express openly his political views, an experience which he recounted in his book, Universiti Kedua (Second University). Kassim again shook the Malay world with his "Hadith: A Re-Examination" in which he challenges the infallibility of the purported words of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. Except for an honorary doctorate in Letters conferred by the National University of Malaysia, the country has not seen fit to honor this great public intellectual. June 2005
Interests Literature, Philosophy, Politics and Religion
Favorite Movies High Noon, Rebel Without Cause, Antara Dua Darjat
Favorite Music Beethoven, Keroncong
Favorite Books Shakespeare, Pramudia Anantatur, Keris Mas, Quran