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Religion and politics in Malaysia: A case for “Semi-Secularism”?

Bakashmar, Muhammad (2017) Religion and politics in Malaysia: A case for “Semi-Secularism”? International Journal of Islamic Thoughts (IJITs), 5 (2). pp. 1-15. ISSN 2306-7012

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Abstract

This paper examines the dynamics of tension and accommodation at the interface between religion and politics in Malaysia. Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy and carries elements of both Islamic as well as liberal democratic governance. By focusing on the processes of Islamisation, institutionalisation and political communication, the analysis seeks to transcend static theoretical discussions that simply query the compatibility between Islam and democracy. It is suggested that strategic political decision-making by various political actors in the government and civil society in Malaysia has given rise to a hybrid democratic-Islamist political system that constantly equilibrates itself in response to internal and external systemic challenges.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 7014/63916
Uncontrolled Keywords: Religion, democracy, semi-secularism, Islamisation, Malaysia
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia > JQ1758 Public Administration -Religious Aspects - Islam
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Political Science
Depositing User: Dr Muhammad Rashaad Bakashmar
Date Deposited: 30 May 2018 15:27
Last Modified: 30 May 2018 15:29
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/63916

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