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Cultures

Insights into Islam in Asia

Mohammed Zin Nordin, associate professor and dean of the School of Communication at the Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang, Malaysia, spent three weeks on campus this semester. He came as part of a Fulbright program to expand understanding of Islamic societies and cultures; recently retired Ithaca College associate professor of television-radio John Rosenbaum had been awarded the host slot on behalf of Ithaca College.

Nordin taught an intensive one-credit minicourse, Media in Malaysia, on the role of the media in his country’s multiethnic, multicultural society and on the practice of Islam in Southeast Asia. “I hope,” said Nordin at the beginning of his South Hill visit, “to share the Malaysian experience as it relates to Islam. I also hope to share with my American friends the function and role of the Malaysian media industry in a population that has itself been victimized by terrorism.”

Nordin, a former public relations executive and video producer, has conducted research in mass communication, media planning, and Malaysian environmental issues; he also served as a consultant to the Malaysia Ministry of Energy, Communication, and Multimedia. 



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