Political Islam in Southeast Asia

Political Islam in Southeast Asia

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Gordon Means traces the evolution of Islamic politics in Southeast Asia, ranging from the early arrival of Islam in the region to the challenges it generates, and faces, today. Means's analysis encompasses both the events and actions shaping Islamic politics and the impact of Islamic politics on government and public policy outcomes. It also offers insightful answers to such questions as: how was the Islam that first came to Southeast Asia shaped by four centuries of colonial rule? Are democracy and political Islam compatible? Is Islamic radicalism gaining ground in the region, and what are its prospects for establishing a system of Islamic governance? Is there open opposition to radical Islam? A fundamental issue raised in the book is whether contemporary regimes in the region have the capacity to address key issues of economic and social equity, not only to meet basic needs, but also to compete effectively in a globalized world economy. This book traces the evolution of Islamic politics in Southeast Asia, ranging from the early arrival of Islam in the region to the challenges it generates, and faces, today.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 150 x 228 x 30mm | 739.35g
  • Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • maps
  • 1588266540
  • 9781588266545
  • 2,391,600

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"This is a gem of a book.... one of the best I have seen on political Islam in Southeast Asia. Means's knowledge of his subject matter is prodigious." - Howard Federspiel, The Ohio State University, Newark "A crowning achievement for Means, and must-read for anyone interested in the political and policy implications of Islam in Southeast Asia." - Dwight W. King, Northern Illinois University"show more

Table of contents

Introduction.; The Early Years.; Islam Adapted in Southeast Asia.; Islam Under Colonial Rule.; The Struggles of Decolonization.; Indonesia: Independence Without Consensus.; Malaysia: Challenged by Ethnicity.; Islamic Resurgence.; Indonesia Under Suharto.; Malaysia Under Mahathir.; Southeast Asia and Global Jihad.; Separatism and Rebellion.; Moro Separatism in the Philippines.; Pattani Separatism in Thailand.; Aceh Separatism in Indonesia.; Facing Hard Choices.; Democracy and Islam in Indonesia.; Ethnicity and Islam in Malaysia.; Southeast Asian Islam in Transition.show more

About Gordon Paul Means

Gordon Means is professor emeritus of political science at McMaster University. His publications include Malaysia: The Second Generation and The Past in Southeast Asia's Present, as well as the coedited Temiar-English, English-Temiar Dictionary and Sengoi-English, English-Sengoi Dictionary.show more

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