Secular state, religious lives: Islam and the state in Malaysia

Hoffstaedter, Gerhard (2013) Secular state, religious lives: Islam and the state in Malaysia. Asian Ethnicity, 14 4: 475-489. doi:10.1080/14631369.2013.759763

Author Hoffstaedter, Gerhard
Title Secular state, religious lives: Islam and the state in Malaysia
Journal name Asian Ethnicity   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1463-1369
Publication date 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14631369.2013.759763
Volume 14
Issue 4
Start page 475
End page 489
Total pages 15
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract Debates on secularism in Malaysia often revolve around the legal, especially the constitutional, framework. To this end several NGOs organised a road show in 2006 to debate issues surrounding freedom of religion. Not only were these events mobbed by angry crowds, but also the state intervened and shut down these and future discussions on the topic of religion, deeming such debates sensitive. This article addresses the particularities of secularism in Malaysia vis-à-vis Olivier Roy’s thesis in ‘Secularism Confronts Islam’ that sees religious space and secular space as discernable yet not antithetical and Charles Taylor’s thesis in the ‘Secular Age’, where he points to a new definition of secularism as a pluralist and transcendent notion of belief. In Malaysia both variants are present, with the state playing a dangerous game situating itself between reactionary Muslim forces and a moderate majority.
Keyword Secularism
Article 11
Constitutional rights
Human rights
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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