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State "Salafism" in Malaysia: development of the "Sunnah" reform ideology in Perlis, Malaysia

Malik, Maszlee (2017) State "Salafism" in Malaysia: development of the "Sunnah" reform ideology in Perlis, Malaysia. International Journal of Islamic Thoughts (IJITs), 6 (1). pp. 37-56. ISSN 2306-7012

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Abstract

Since the arrival of Islam in Tanah Melayu or Malaya, traditionalist scholars have dominated the Islamic discourse through their close relations with the rulers (Sultans). Their domination over the religious authorities and the Islamic educational institutions has shaped the state-version of Islam in Malaysia. However, in Perlis, the northernmost state in Malaysia, Middle-Eastern graduate reformists, also known as Kaum Muda were already preaching the earliest version of Salafism in the early 20th century. They found political patronage from the rulers of the state, hence, imposing their version of Islamic teachings as the prevailing Islamic discourse of the state, which is also known until today as the ‘Sunnah Perlis’ teachings. The widely presumptuous masses and researchers point that the dominating influence of the reform agenda or ‘Sunnah’ in the state of Perlis is due to the state authority’s patronage based on historical facts that the ‘Sunnah’ itself first emerged in Perlis in the early 20th century with the blessings of the ruler.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 3341/57598
Uncontrolled Keywords: Islah, Kaum Muda, Malaya, religious reform, Sunnah Perlis, Salafism
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam > BP173.5 Islam and world politics
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam > BP173.6 Islam and the state
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Political Science
Depositing User: Dr Maszlee Malik
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 15:15
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:15
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/57598

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