Malaysia’s government agreed Tuesday to release some 35,000 imported Bibles seized by customs officials amid a dispute over their use of the word “Allah” as a translation for God.

The decision was a major step by the Muslim-dominated government to soothe frustrations among religious minorities. Last week, Malaysia’s main Christian grouping said it was fed up and disillusioned with authorities’ refusal to allow the distribution of the Malay-language Bibles.

The Prime Minister’s Department said in a statement that the government was releasing the books, which have been held for months at two ports, because it was “committed to resolve amicably any interfaith issues.”

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