Joseph Chinyong Liow

Islamism in Southeast Asia

Muslim political activism and engagement is increasing across Southeast Asia. Underpinning this is a belief, held in many quarters of the region’s vast and diverse Muslim populations, that Islam is not just a religion, but an organising principle for modern society from which political leaders, parties, and organisations can derive legitimacy and authority. This speaks to the salience of Islamism, broadly defined as the articulation of Islam as political ideology that purportedly provides principles for governance, in Southeast Asia today. Notwithstanding the dynamic terrain of Islamism [...]

Zoltan Pall

Modalities of Salafi Transnationalism in Southeast Asia

Policy papers and journalistic accounts often consider Salafism in Southeast Asia as the standard bearers of extremism and the Trojan horses of Saudi “imperialism”. They often give the impression that Salafi groups only exist in the region because of funding coming from Riyadh. In this article [...]

Sumanto Al Qurtuby

Indonesia’s Islamist Mobilization

Although Islamist movements are not new in Indonesian history, Islamist mobilization become more noticeable on the country’s political stage after the late President Suharto stepped down in 1998. For the Islamists, the end of Suharto’s authoritarian regime provided impetus to express their [...]

Yvonne Tew

Kikue Hamayotsu

Dominik M. Müller

Islamic Authority and the State in Brunei Darussalam

To a regionally unparalleled extent, political Islamization in Brunei Darussalam is the exclusive domain of the state. Brunei’s religious bureaucracy maintains an absolute monopoly over Islam-related public communication. No organized secularist or Islamist opposition group has [...]

The Blooming Years

  • Message from the Editor This collection of articles from the Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia (KRSEA) is published with the financial support of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University. We have compiled [...]
YAV | Kathrina Mohd Daud

Battling Ephemera: Bruneian Narratives, Public Record, the Need for a Critical Middle

Who is reading Brunei? Who is writing Brunei? Despite a high adult literacy rate of over 90% (Noor Azam, 2016), the perceived lack of reading culture in Brunei is regularly lamented by educators and government via the Ministry of Education and the National Language and Literature Bureau (DBP). This widespread perception has been the focus of several government initiatives aimed at boosting the reading culture in Brunei, including book fairs, reading carnivals, academic seminars and other [...]