Encountering Islam: The Politics of Religious Identities in Southeast Asia

Encountering Islam: The Politics of Religious Identities in Southeast Asia
Hui Yew-Foong, editor
Date of publication:  2012
Publisher:  Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Number of pages:  401
Code:  BM459
Soft Cover
ISBN: 9789814379922
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"Encountering Islam: The Politics of Religious Identities in Southeast Asia, edited by Hui Yew-Foong, may not frame the culture-wars debate among Muslims in the region, but the book's three chapters on Islam in Indonesia can be more easily understood if read from the differing perspectives of the conservative-liberal political spectrum"(Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies).

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This volume seeks to introduce and deepen the understanding of Islam and its role in politics as encountered in different national and transnational contexts in Southeast Asia, eschewing the neo-orientalist approach that has informed public discourse in recent years. In Encountering Islam, the book lingers beyond the summary moment and reflects on the multiple impressions, suppressions and repressions, whether coherent or incoherent, associated with Islam as a socio-political force in public life. To this end, it is not adequate simply to represent the divergent identities associated with Islam in Southeast Asia, whether embedded in state-endorsed orthodoxy or Islamic movements that contest such orthodoxy. It is also important to examine religious minorities in political contexts where Islam is dominant and Muslim communities in national contexts where they are minorities. By situating these religious identities within their larger socio-political contexts, this volume seeks to provide a more holistic understanding of what is encountered as Islam in Southeast Asia.


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