Modern Muslim Identities: Negotiating Religion and Ethnicity in Malaysia (NIAS-Nordic Institute of Asia Studies Monograph)

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This book explores a central tension in identity politics: how the state, civil society, and people want to create and maintain cultural, religious, and social cohesion while paradoxically their everyday practices often run counter to this. Malaysia is no exception, with a political elite maintaining control and cultural dominance but juggling many political pressures. At the heart of this study is the conjuncture between Malay ethnicity and Islamic faith, a state discourse on “civilized Islam,” but other areas are also examined, resulting in a study that combines philosophical and social theory with anthropological insights.

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Gerhard Hoffstaedter is a lecturer in anthropology at the School of Social Science at the University of Queensland. He researches development and security issues as well as the anthropology of religion, the state and refugees in Southeast Asia.

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"This book...makes a compelling read especially for those concerned with Islam, identity politics, power relations, ethnic relations and democracy in Malaysia."
Mustafa K. Anuar, Kajian Malaysia, Vol. 30, No. 1, 2012, pp 139-272

"This book is a must-read for anyone interested in a variety of topics: Malaysia, multiculturalism and pluralism, Islam and modern society and so forth."
 Peter G. Riddell, ASEASUK News, No. 52, Autumn 2012

"A provocative and creative effort...
...an important, bold book."
Meredith L. Weiss, Journal of Islamic Studies, 2012, Vol. 23, Issue nr. 3, September 2012

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