The children were converted by their father after the parents divorced. The case has thrown into sharp relief the ethnic and religious identity markers that form the bedrock of Malaysian policy.
Resentment and a loss of dignity has fueled a rise in identity politics and made compromise difficult, political scientist Francis Fukuyama says. He proposes a way out of that impasse in his new book.
Everywhere we looked in the news this week — in prisons, politics, online — we found strains of racism. It even shows up from beyond the grave.
No one seems to have a satisfying definition of "identity politics," but clearly we've been paying too much attention to race, gender and sexual orientation, right? Not so fast.