Asian Islam in the 21st Century

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  • Copyright: 2007-12-14
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Although more than half of the world's Muslims live in Asia, most books on contemporary Islam focus on the Middle East, giving short shift to the dynamic and diverse presence of Asian Islam in regional and global politics. The Muslims of Asia constitute the largest Muslim communities in the world - Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India and Central Asia. In recent years, terrorist bombings in Bali, separatist conflicts in Thailand and the Philippines, and opposition politics in Central Asia, all point to the strategic importance of Asian Islam. In Asian Islam in the 21st Century, terrorism and its effects are placed within the broader context of Muslim politics and how Islamic ideals and movements, mainstream and extremist, have shaped Asian Muslim societies. Democratization experiments -- successful and unsuccessful -- are examined. The rise of radical militant movements is analyzed and placed in historical perspective. The result is an insightful portrait of the rich diversity of Muslim politics and discourse that continue to affect Asian Muslim majority and minority countries. Specialists and students of Islamic studies, religion and international affairs, and comparative politics as well as general readers will benefit from this sorely needed comprehensive analysis of a part of the world that has become increasingly important in the 21st century.

Author Biography

John L. Esposito is University Professor of Religion and International Affairs at Georgetown University and Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin-Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. He is Editor-in Chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World and The Oxford History of Islam. His more than 35 books include World Religions Today, Second Edition, Islam: The Straight Path, Revised Third Edition, Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam, and What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam.
John O. Voll is Professor of Islamic history and Associate Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin-Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding.
Osman Bakar is Professor at the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), International Islamic University, MALAYSIA.

Table of Contents

Contributorsp. ix
Introduction: Islam in Asia in the Twenty-First Centuryp. 3
Religion and Politics in Muslim Majority Societies
Islam in Indonesia in the Twenty-First Centuryp. 11
Pakistan after Islamization: Mainstream and Militant Islamism in a Changing Statep. 31
Islam, State, and Society in Bangladeshp. 49
Malaysian Islam in the Twenty-First Century: The Promise of a Democratic Transformation?p. 81
The Trifurcated Islam of Central Asia: A Turkish Perspectivep. 109
A Provincial Islamist Victory in Pakistan: The Social Reform Agenda of the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amalp. 145
Religion and Politics in Muslim Minority Societies
Muslims in Post-Independence Indiap. 177
Islam in Chinap. 197
The Effect of 9/11 on Mindanao Muslims and the Mindanao Peace Processp. 229
Thai and Cambodian Muslims and the War on Terrorismp. 245
Conclusion: Asian Islam at a Crossroadsp. 261
Indexp. 291
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