Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #09: The Extensive Salafization Of Malaysian Islam


by Ahmad Fauzi Abdul Hamid

Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #09: The Extensive Salafization Of Malaysian Islam

Price:  US$6.48   (SGD9.00*)
Format:  Paper Back, 41 pages
Published:  2016, Singapore, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9789814762519
SB#:  059363 (110)

About This Book

The form of Islam normatively understood and practised in Malaysia, i.e. Malaysian Islam, has undergone myriad changes since the 1970s as a result of gradual Salafization. Powered by Saudi Arabian largesse and buoyed by the advent of the Internet, this new wave of Salafization has eclipsed an earlier Salafi trend that spawned the Kaum Muda reformist movement. Salafization, referring to a process of mindset and attitudinal transformation rather than the growth of Salafi nodes per se, is not restricted to individuals or groups identified as "Salafi", but rather affects practically all levels of Malay-Muslim society, cutting across political parties, governmental institutions and non-state actors. It has resulted in Islamist, rather than Islamic, ideals increasingly defining the tenor of mainstream Islam in Malaysia, with worrying consequences for both intra-Muslim and inter-religious relations. Responses to the Wahhabi-Salafi onslaught from the Malay-Muslim ruling elite in Malaysia have been ambivalent, and have had weak counteracting effects on the Salafization process.


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