Vol. 7, No. 3, AHMAD FAUZI Abdul Hamid

Contents>> Vol. 7, No. 3 Shifting Trends of Islamism and Islamist Practices in Malaysia, 1957–2017 Ahmad Fauzi Abdul Hamid* *School of Distance Education and Centre for Policy Research and International Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 Penang, Malaysia e-mail: afauzi[at]usm.my DOI: 10.20495/seas.7.3_363 This article seeks to analyze the evolving development and contestations regarding the interplay of Islam and politics in Malaysia’s public space for a period of 60 years (1957–2017) since its independence as a nation-state. A crucial element in this discourse is the official position of Islam as the “religion of the federation” in the Malaysian Constitution, which simultaneously guarantees the freedom of other religions embraced by almost half of […]

Vol. 7, No 3, Jeff TAN

Contents>> Vol. 7, No. 3 Rents, Accumulation, and Conflict in Malaysia Jeff Tan* *Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, Aga Khan University, The Aga Khan Centre, 10 Handyside Street, London, N1C, United Kingdom e-mail: jeff.tan[at]aku.edu DOI: 10.20495/seas.7.3_309 This paper examines conflict in Malaysia through an analysis of rents and the relationship between the economic imperative for growth and political imperative for stability. It links episodes of conflict and political instability to the social forces that drive the allocation of rents and the impact of these rents on the pattern of accumulation. It examines how the emergence and expansion of the Malay intermediate classes increased contestation and conflict over the […]

Vol. 7, No. 3, KHOO Boo Teik

Contents>> Vol. 7, No. 3 Introduction: A Moment to Mull, a Call to Critique Khoo Boo Teik* * The National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, 7-22-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8677, Japan e-mail: khoo-bt[at]grips.ac.jp DOI: 10.20495/seas.7.3_271 The year 2017, which marked the 60th year since the Federation of Malaya emerged from colonial rule to become a new nation, was a compelling moment to reflect on important social, economic, cultural, and political developments and changes that had taken place. Some changes were realized more or less as planned, while others were unforeseen. Some fulfilled hopes, but others scuttled expectations. Many brought lasting outcomes but many more only transitory impacts. This chapter serves […]

Vol. 5, No. 1, KHOO

Contents>> Vol. 5, No. 1  Networks in Pursuit of a “Two-Coalition System” in Malaysia: Pakatan Rakyat’s Mobilization of Dissent between Reformasi and the Tsunami Khoo Boo Teik* * National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, 7-22-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8677, Japan e-mail: booteik[at]gmail.com In Malaysia’s 12th general election, in March 2008, three opposition parties collectively cracked the hegemony of the ruling coalition, Barisan Nasional (BN, or National Front). As the opposition parties formed a coalition called Pakatan Rakyat (PR, or People’s Alliance), a two-coalition system appeared to have taken shape. This essay analyzes how PR reached that electoral outcome by moving from “imagining” to “realizing” dissent. Imagining and realizing dissent are […]

Vol. 4, No. 3, CHIA

Contents>> Vol. 4, No. 3 Inclusive Spirituality: The Bodhisattva Kuan-yin as Moral Exemplar and Self-Cultivation in a Malaysian Dharma House Arthur C. K. Chia* *谢志健, Division of Sociology, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798 e-mail: ckchia[at]ntu.edu.sg Based on an ethnographic study of a lay Buddhist organization in contemporary Malaysia called the Kuan-yin Contemplative Order (KYCO), this paper looks into the inclusive spiritualism KYCO engenders by situating the organization and the religious universalism from which it emerges in the cultural and historical context of “redemptive societies”—a religious tradition that was established during the late imperial era of China and exploded during the early twentieth century into the cities and spread […]

Vol. 3, No. 1, Siti Nuraishah Ahmad

Contents>> Vol. 3, No. 1 Malaysia as the Archetypal Garden in the British Creative Imagination Siti Nuraishah Ahmad* * Department of English Language and Literature, International Islamic University Malaysia, Jalan Gombak Kuala Lumpur 53100, Malaysia e-mail: snuraishah[at]gmail.com European travel writing (1512–1984) represented Malaysia as a tropical Garden of Eden, an image that has also percolated into literary texts concerning the region. This article examines spatial images in British fiction through the framework of archetypal literary criticism and theories of colonial representations of space to reveal the worlding (Spivak 1999) of Malaysia as a garden. In order to ascertain the ways in which the garden archetype has been deployed by the […]

Vol. 1, No. 2 of Southeast Asian Studies

Published in August, 2012 CONTENTS Articles “Identity Monarchy”: Interrogating Heritage for a Divided Malaysia ・・・ Anthony MILNER A Posthumous Return from Exile: The Legacy of an Anticolonial Religious Leader in Today’s Vietnam ・・・ Janet HOSKINS Fostering Incentive-Based Policies and Partnerships for Integrated Watershed Management in the Southeast Asian Uplands ・・・ Andreas NEEF Hidden Transcripts from “Below” in Rural Politics of the Philippines: Interpreting the Janus-facedness of Patron-Client Ties and Tulong (Help) ・・・ SOON Chuan Yean Singapore’s Prescription for Successful Control of Transnational Emerging Infectious Diseases ・・・ Minako Jen YOSHIKAWA Book Reviews Michael K. Jerryson and Mark Juergensmeyer, eds. Buddhist Warfare. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010, 272 p. ・・・ John […]


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