ASEASUK News 56 (2014)
Petaling Jaya: Strategic Information and Research Development Centre, 2014
xx + 315pp. ISBN 978-967-5832-97-0 RM50.00
Kevin W. Fogg, University of Oxford
Studies of Islam in Southeast Asia over the last 30 years, especially by foreign researchers, have largely focused on the way the religion is lived out in politics, society, and history. A minority of studies, although a larger percentage of those written by Southeast Asian Muslims themselves, have addressed the more purely intellectual and theological sides of the religion. Azhar Ibrahim’s collection of six essays aims to speak to both of these traditions, writing on theological and intellectual debates with an eye to their social and political implications and outcomes.