Islam and freedom of religion: anthropology, theology and clashes of universalisms in contemporary Malaysia

Hoffstaedter, Gerhard (2013) Islam and freedom of religion: anthropology, theology and clashes of universalisms in contemporary Malaysia. Australian Journal of Anthropology, 24 3: 270-289. doi:10.1111/taja.12051

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Author Hoffstaedter, Gerhard
Title Islam and freedom of religion: anthropology, theology and clashes of universalisms in contemporary Malaysia
Journal name Australian Journal of Anthropology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1035-8811
1757-6547
Publication date 2013-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/taja.12051
Open Access Status
Volume 24
Issue 3
Start page 270
End page 289
Total pages 20
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Subject 3314 Anthropology
Formatted abstract
In 2006 a forum to discuss Article 11 of the Malaysian constitution on religious freedom sparked a major and unexpected pushback. Many Muslim and Malay NGOs and concerned citizens argued that they were defending Islam from the onslaught of liberalising forces in Malaysia. The clash between what could be termed liberal human rights discourses and/or reformist Islam and reactionary Islam is also one about Islamic theology in Malaysia. It is an example of how theology can be internally divisive and presents a problematic case study for an anthropological encounter and engagement with multiple theologies, debates about history and the anthropological project. This article charts one path for the encounter between an anthropologist and his ethnographic other that aims to understand these diverse perspectives and also seeks to understand both the project of writing an anthropology of Islam that incorporates Islamic theology and Muslims' lifeworlds that form the basis for it.
Keyword Islamic theology
Malaysia
Anthropology
Universalism
Freedom of religion
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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