The State, Ulama and Islam in Malaysia and Indonesia
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The State, Ulama and Islam in Malaysia and Indonesia
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€ 99,00
ISBN
9789462982932
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Hardback
Number of pages
256
Language
English
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15.6 x 23.4 cm
Discipline
Asian Studies
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About the Author Preface Table of contents Abbreviations and acronyms A note on translation, spelling, and other conventions 1. Introduction 2. Official ulama in Indonesia and Malaysia: Emergence, perception and authority 3. The rise in piety and the roots of state co-optation 4. MUI in the post-New Order: A capture in progress 5. Malaysian muftis and official ulama: The state captured? 6. Conclusion: The future of official ulama and state capture
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"This book is a welcome addition to the comparative study of political Islam in two Muslim-majority countries in Southeast Asia. Not many books have been written that compare these two countries in an equal, empathetic, and substantive manner, and Saat’s book is one of the very few that strive to fill this knowledge lacuna." - Azmil Tayeb, newbooks.asia, Summer 2020 "The State, Ulama and Islam in Malaysia and Indonesia is a welcome addition to the fold of scholarly works comparing the two largest Muslim-majority countries of Southeast Asia ... offering novel insights into the inter-linkages between politics and religion, especially Islam." - Ahmad Fauzi Abdul Hamid, Pacific Affairs: Volume 93, No. 1, March 2020 "Norshaharil Saat has delivered a piece of scholarly work that is both empirically and analytically outstanding and authoritative in its points of comparison." - Zawawi Ibrahim (Universiti Brunei Darussalam), Situations 11.2, 2018 "Norshahril's empirically rich and theoretically informed study is a welcome addition to the comparative study of political Islam in two Muslim-majority countries in Southeast Asia." - Azmil Mohd Tayeb, Kajian Malaysia, Vol. 36, No. 2, 2018

Norshahril Saat

The State, Ulama and Islam in Malaysia and Indonesia

The Suharto (1966-98) government of Indonesia and the Mahathir (1981-2003) government of Malaysia both launched Islamisation programmes, upgrading and creating religious institutions. The author argues that, while generally ulamas, or religious teachers, had to support state ideologies, they sometimes succeeded in ŸcapturingŒ the state by influencing policies in their favour. The author builds his argument on strong fieldwork data, especially interviews, and he engages in critical discussion of comparative politics paradigms and the concept of capture.
Author

Norshahril Saat

Dr Norshahril Saat is Fellow at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute. He received his PhD in International, Political and Strategic Studies from the Australian National University (ANU). He has published extensively on Islamic authority in Southeast Asia.