Malaysia's government has won the right to appeal a court ruling allowing the country's non-Muslim minority to use the word 'Allah' to refer to God.
Appeal hearings are scheduled to start on September 10 to resolve the politically sensitive dispute that triggered attacks on Malaysian churches and other places of worship more than three years ago.
'Allah' is the Arabic word for God and is commonly used in the Malay language to refer to God. The government, however, insists 'Allah' is an Islamic word and that its use by others would confuse Muslims. Roman Catholic representatives say the government's curb on their use of 'Allah' is unreasonable because Christians who speak the Malay language had long also used the word to refer to God in their Bibles, literature and songs before authorities sought to enforce the ban in recent years.