Discussing Islam in Southeast Asia

IslamPaul Gallagher has a new review available at the JCA publisher’s site for the journal. Paul reviews Contemporary Islamic Discourse in the Malay-Indonesian World: Critical Perspectives (DOI: 10.1080/00472336.2015.1132335), by Azhar Ibrahim.

Paul writes that Ibrahim is “proponent of the liberal Islam advanced by a new generation of Malay-Indonesian intellectuals” and that his book “provides a detailed, engaging critique of public religion in Southeast Asia…”. The book “outlines the competing influences of religious traditionalism, Islamic revivalism and Islamic liberalism in Malaysia, Indonesia and, to a lesser extent, Singapore.”

Paul observes that “Ibrahim gives particular attention to questions concerning democracy and ethnic and religious pluralism in the region, arguing that only a self-critical, contextualised Islamic discourse is capable of promoting the development of a society that is both civil and Muslim.”

 

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