Religious Diversity in Muslim-Majority States in Southeast Asia: Areas of Tolerance and Conflict , written by Bernhard Platzdasch and Johan Saravanamuttu (eds.)

Religious Diversity in Muslim-Majority States in Southeast Asia: Areas of Tolerance and Conflict... Bernhard Platzdasch and Johan Saravanamuttu (eds.), (2014) Religious Diversity in Muslim-Majority States in Southeast Asia: Areas of Tolerance and Conflict . Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. 431 pages. ISBN : 978-981-4519-64-9. Bernhard Platzdasch, Johan Saravanamuttu and their contributors are to be commended for their new volume, Religious Diversity in Muslim-Majority States in Southeast Asia . The book is loaded with fascinating case studies with an eye to theory and policy. Together, the chapters make a convincing case that Islam in Southeast Asia, long seen as distinctively tolerant, is increasingly hostile to other faiths and rival interpretations. The volume’s 20 chapters are as diverse as the phenomena they seek to explain. Contributors utilise a variety of approaches, gaining insights from religious studies, politics, sociology and anthropology. Its organisation is distinctive, with 11 chapters dedicated to Indonesia and then nine to Malaysia. In a sense, this is two books bound together. They tackle issues from the headlines, such as Indonesia’s anti-pornography laws (Chapter 5) and Malaysia’s Lina Joy case, as well as from the sidelines, such as interfaith councils in Ambon (Chapter 8), the Islamic practices of Madurese strongmen (Chapter 11) and urban Islam in Malaysia (Chapter 14). For http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Journal of Social Science Brill

Religious Diversity in Muslim-Majority States in Southeast Asia: Areas of Tolerance and Conflict , written by Bernhard Platzdasch and Johan Saravanamuttu (eds.)

Religious Diversity in Muslim-Majority States in Southeast Asia: Areas of Tolerance and Conflict , written by Bernhard Platzdasch and Johan Saravanamuttu (eds.)


Bernhard Platzdasch and Johan Saravanamuttu (eds.), (2014) Religious Diversity in Muslim-Majority States in Southeast Asia: Areas of Tolerance and Conflict . Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. 431 pages. ISBN : 978-981-4519-64-9. Bernhard Platzdasch, Johan Saravanamuttu and their contributors are to be commended for their new volume, Religious Diversity in Muslim-Majority States in Southeast Asia . The book is loaded with fascinating case studies with an eye to theory and policy. Together, the chapters make a convincing case that Islam in Southeast Asia, long seen as distinctively tolerant, is increasingly hostile to other faiths and rival interpretations. The volume’s 20 chapters are as diverse as the phenomena they seek to explain. Contributors utilise a variety of approaches, gaining insights from religious studies, politics, sociology and anthropology. Its organisation is distinctive, with 11 chapters dedicated to Indonesia and then nine to Malaysia. In a sense, this is two books bound together. They tackle issues from the headlines, such as Indonesia’s anti-pornography laws (Chapter 5) and Malaysia’s Lina Joy case, as well as from the sidelines, such as interfaith councils in Ambon (Chapter 8), the Islamic practices of Madurese strongmen (Chapter 11) and urban Islam in Malaysia (Chapter 14). For readers less familiar with these cases, the book includes a helpful glossary up front. In charting the rise of religious intolerance, the book focuses on two types of minorities: Non-Muslim religious minorities and doctrinal minorities within Islam. In Muslim-majority states, religious minorities, such as Christians, Hindus and Buddhists, face increasingly hostile state and societal forces, limiting their ability to build houses of worship (Chapters 6 and 16), preserve shrines (Chapter 17), use the national language (Chapter 15), choose the faith of children in mixed marriages (Chapter 19) or conduct various religious activities...
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Brill
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Copyright 2016 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands.
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1568-4849
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1568-5314
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10.1163/15685314-04403007
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Bernhard Platzdasch and Johan Saravanamuttu (eds.), (2014) Religious Diversity in Muslim-Majority States in Southeast Asia: Areas of Tolerance and Conflict . Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. 431 pages. ISBN : 978-981-4519-64-9. Bernhard Platzdasch, Johan Saravanamuttu and their contributors are to be commended for their new volume, Religious Diversity in Muslim-Majority States in Southeast Asia . The book is loaded with fascinating case studies with an eye to theory and policy. Together, the chapters make a convincing case that Islam in Southeast Asia, long seen as distinctively tolerant, is increasingly hostile to other faiths and rival interpretations. The volume’s 20 chapters are as diverse as the phenomena they seek to explain. Contributors utilise a variety of approaches, gaining insights from religious studies, politics, sociology and anthropology. Its organisation is distinctive, with 11 chapters dedicated to Indonesia and then nine to Malaysia. In a sense, this is two books bound together. They tackle issues from the headlines, such as Indonesia’s anti-pornography laws (Chapter 5) and Malaysia’s Lina Joy case, as well as from the sidelines, such as interfaith councils in Ambon (Chapter 8), the Islamic practices of Madurese strongmen (Chapter 11) and urban Islam in Malaysia (Chapter 14). For

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