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Islam, Culture and History in The Malay World

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“This edited volume traces the influence of Islam on the Malay world. It makes an important contribution to our understanding of how Islam has transformed culture, religion, politics and education of the Malay society.”   

Dr. Suryadi, Universiteit Leiden, The Netherlands.

The Malay world refers to the area dominated by Malay-speaking Muslims or the Muslim world within Southeast Asia. It is inhabited by some 230 million Malay speakers, who, in the majority are Muslims. Muslim population in the Malay world has outnumbered the “Middle East” and North Africa with the former constitutes 25 percent and the latter 20 percent of the world’s Muslim population.  Although the Malay world is the most populous Muslim region in the world, it has been neglected within Muslim studies. Further, Islam in the Malay world has been marginalized even within the field of Southeast Asian studies. This occurs partly because of the assumption of Islam being supposedly peripheral to Southeast Asia, and Southeast Asia peripheral to Islam. This book dispels such misconception and the view that Muslims in the Malay world has not made an important contribution in the shaping of Islamic civilisation. It brings together seven essays/chapters on various aspects of Islam, culture, and history of the Malay world. Topics range from archeology, culture, diplomacy, Islam, and history of this important but neglected part of the Muslim world. It argues that Muslims in the Malay world are not simply passive consumers of ideas from West Asia. Rather, various scholars and activists since the 16th century, through writings, dialogues, and exchanges of ideas have contributed significantly in shaping of Islamic civilization.     

Editor: Hafiz Zakariya

Pages: 206

Weight (book only): 430g

ISBN: 9789672793328

Year: 2022

Finishing: Softcover, perfect binding

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