Asian Islam in the 21st Century

Asian Islam in the 21st Century

by John L. Esposito, John Voll, Osman Bakar
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195333020

ISBN-13: 9780195333022

Pub. Date: 11/28/2007

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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

Overview

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 richly diverse Muslim politics and discourse that continue to affect Asian Muslim majority and minority countries.

Specialists and students in Islamic studies, religion, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195333022
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/28/2007
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents


Contributors     ix
Introduction: Islam in Asia in the Twenty-First Century   John L. Esposito     3
Religion and Politics in Muslim Majority Societies
Islam in Indonesia in the Twenty-First Century   Fred R. von der Mehden     11
Pakistan after Islamization: Mainstream and Militant Islamism in a Changing State   Vali Nasr     31
Islam, State, and Society in Bangladesh   Mumtaz Ahmad     49
Malaysian Islam in the Twenty-First Century: The Promise of a Democratic Transformation?   Osman Bakar     81
The Trifurcated Islam of Central Asia: A Turkish Perspective   M. Hakan Yavuz     109
A Provincial Islamist Victory in Pakistan: The Social Reform Agenda of the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal   Anita M. Weiss     145
Religion and Politics in Muslim Minority Societies
Muslims in Post-Independence India   Steven I. Wilkinson     177
Islam in China   Jacqueline Armijo     197
The Effect of 9/11 on Mindanao Muslims and the Mindanao Peace Process   Eliseo R. Mercado     229
Thai and Cambodian Muslims and the War on Terrorism   Imtiyaz Yusuf     245
Conclusion: Asian Islam at a Crossroads   John O. Voll     261
Index     291

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