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Piety and Politics: Islamism in Contemporary Malaysia

Joseph Chiyong Liow


This book challenges conventional wisdom by arguing that tectonic movements and subterranean shifts that underscore the gradual politicization of Islam and the rise of an Islamism in political and popular discourse based on conservatism and orthodoxy have long been at work in Malaysia, despite popular media representations of Malaysia as the epitome of moderate, progressive Islamic governance. While the opposition Islamist party is widely regarded as the main Islamist player in the drama, the book suggests that the ruling regime has proven equally strident in its Islamist predilections, at tim ... More

Keywords: UMNO, PAS, Ulama, Islamism, apostasy, civil society, Islamization, non-Muslim, Islamization race, Islamic state, Malaysia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195377088
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377088.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph Chiyong Liow, author
Nanyang Technological University
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