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Piety and PoliticsIslamism in Contemporary Malaysia$
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Joseph Chiyong Liow

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195377088

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377088.001.0001

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The Malaysian State and the Bureaucratization of Islam

The Malaysian State and the Bureaucratization of Islam

(p.43) 2 The Malaysian State and the Bureaucratization of Islam
Piety and Politics

Joseph Chinyong Liow (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter investigates at closer analytical quarters the phenomenon of Islamization in Malaysia and the creation of institutions of Islamic governance by the UMNO-led Malaysian government in a process that can aptly be described as the “bureaucratization” of Islam. This process is important, for it effectively put in place the levers of Islamist governance in Malaysia, eventually facilitating the “Islamic state” proclamations by some of UMNO’s senior leaders. The chapter also identifies and discusses in greater detail two prevailing contradictions that arose out of this move to bureaucratize Islam, the first between federal and state administrations, and the second between civil and religious law.

Keywords:   UMNO, Mahathir Mohamad, JAKIM, dakwah, Islamization, shari’a, civil law, hudud, apostasy, Malaysian Constitution

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