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Strict Islamic laws urged in northern Malaysia

Islamic scholars greet each other at a madrassah attended by over a thousand boarding school students in northern Malaysia.

Students study the koran.

A minaret is lit by the setting sun in the coastal town of Kelantan.

Students study the koran in segregated women's quarters in the madrassah.

Boys take a break from religious study to eat.

Boys give thanks after eating.

Women take part in evening prayers.

A boy and a chicken in the boarding quarters.

The sun sets in the religiously conservative state of Kelantan.

Religious clerics are pushing for Islamic 'hudud' law, which stipulates stoning for adultery and amputation for theft,  in the coastal state of Kelantan. Nightclubs are banned and it is considered improper for men and women to share public benches. It's push for hudud law threatens Malaysia's credentials as a moderate muslim country.