Asian Islam in the 21st Century

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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"John L. Esposito with his co-editors has in this book assembled a group of scholars to reflect on trends in Asian Islam. Sixty percent of the world's Muslims live in Asian nations, and yet, as Esposito so elegantly explains in the introduction to this book, most of the West's images of Muslim culture and politics are drawn from a narrow and often misrepresented segment of the Arab Muslim world. In essays that discuss contemporary Muslim politics from Pakistan and India to Indonesia and Thailand, the contributors to this collection enrich our perception. They reveal an Asian Muslim politics of great challenge but also enormous opportunity. The result is a timely and important book that should be read by scholars and the general reader interested in understanding the true diversity of the Muslim world." —Robert Hefner is the author of Civil Islam: Muslims and Democratization in Indonesia (2000) and editor of Remaking Muslim Politics(2005).

"Changes wrought by globalization, 9/11 and the "War on Terror", and, most importantly, the struggle going on within the Islamic world itself, dictate the need for an updated work dealing with Muslims in both Islamic majority and Islamic minority countries. This new volume from oxford University Press, which is both informative and thought-provoking, answers that need in nearly every respect. ...This volume is essential reading for scholars of Islam and Asia, and surely also for Western governments and miltiary leaders. It would also make an excellent text for a course on Islam in Asia." —Religion

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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)

Meet the Author

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.

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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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