Politics and Cultures of Islamization in Southeast Asia

Indonesia and Malaysia in the Nineteen-nineties

Georg Stauth

Transcript-Verlag

Politics and Cultures of Islamization in Southeast Asia

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Pub Date: July 2002

ISBN: 9783933127815

302 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $42.00

Politics and Cultures of Islamization in Southeast Asia

Indonesia and Malaysia in the Nineteen-nineties

Georg Stauth

Transcript-Verlag

This book is about cultural and political figures, institutions and ideas in a period of transition in two Muslim countries in Southeast Asia, Malaysia and Indonesia. It also addresses some of the permutations of civilizing processes in Singapore and the city-state's image, moving across its borders into the region and representing a miracle of modernity beyond ideas. The central theme is the way in which Islam was re-constructed as an intellectual and socio-political tradition in Southeast Asia in the nineteen-nineties. Scholars who approach Islam both as a textual and local tradition, students who take the heartlands of Islam as imaginative landscapes for cultural transformation and politicians and institutions which have been concerned with transmitting the idea of Islamization are the subjects of this inquiry into different patterns of modernity in a tropical region still bearing the signature of a colonial past.

About the Author

Georg Stauth teaches sociology of Islam and Islamic countries in the Faculty of Sociology, University of Bielefeld. He is co-author of Nietzsche's Dance (Oxford 1988) and has been co-editor of the Yearbook of Sociology of Islam (New Brunswick, Hamburg) since 1998. His recent work includes Authentizität und kulturelle Globalisierung (Authenticity and Cultural Globalization) and Islamische Kultur und moderne Gesellschaft (Islamic Culture and Modern Society), both published by transcript, Bielefeld.