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Political Islam in Southeast Asia.


Political Islam in Southeast Asia.

Means, Gordon P.

Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.


443 pages




Means (emeritus political science, McMaster U., Canada) first went to the region in 1954 to study the politics of decolonization, and has been following the links between politics and religion there for the subsequent half century and more. His account is fundamentally chronological, starting with the origins of Islam and its adaptation in Southeast Asia. Then he progresses through Islam under colonial rule, the struggles of decolonization in Indonesia and Malaysia, Islamic resurgence under Suharto and Mahathir, the region's role in global jihad, Moro separatism in the Philippines, Pattani Malay separatism in Thailand, Aceh separatism in Indonesia, democracy in Indonesia, ethnicity in Malaysia, and Southeast Asian Islam in transition.

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