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Non-muslims, Islam and muslims in Malaysia

Moten, Abdul Rashid and Wok, Saodah and Ushama, Thameem (2009) Non-muslims, Islam and muslims in Malaysia. Asian Profile, 37 (3). pp. 241-252. ISSN 03048675

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Abstract

Malaysia is generally accepted by political scientists and sociologists as a 'divided society'. This concept posits profound and persistent cleavages within Malaysian society among various ethnic groups. However, contrary to expectations, Malaysia is widely accepted as a country where the different ethnic groups have co-existed peacefully and maintained racial harmony in a post-colonial context. The Malaysian political system is based upon a 'power sharing' formula whereby the ethnic communities form a grand coalition to rule and respect each other's way of life. Theories of interethnic relations usually focus on how state authority enables credible commitments to interethnic political bargains ensuring interethnic cooperation. However, peaceful coexistence also depends upon the opinions held by ethnic groups about each other's religion and behavior. This study, based upon survey data, analyses the opinions of non-Muslims about Islam and Muslims in Malaysia. The discussion is preceded by an overview of historical forces and factors that made Malaysia a plural society with people of many faiths and races living in harmony.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 1667/1731
Uncontrolled Keywords: Plural society, Islam, Malaysia
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Communication
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Fiqh and Usul al-Fiqh
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Political Science
Depositing User: Ms Zati Atiqah Mohamad Tanuri
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2011 15:36
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2016 15:10
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/1731

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