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 all the English articles from Issue 13 (March 2013), to Issue 20 (September 2016). This period marked a turning point for KRSEA with the re-launch of the website in March 2013 and the new online archive of earlier issues. That was when I was assigned as the chief editor of the KRSEA. DOWNLOAD THE FULL MANUSCRIPT (pdf – 105 MB) Looking back to the original KRSEA, it was launched in March 2002 by CSEAS to promote exchange among the intellectual [...]

Southeast Asia: a region rich in popular cultural traditions. How do popular music, art, literature, theatre, comedy, dance, sport and film, move people in Southeast Asia? What makes them laugh, cry and feel? Inspire us! For 2018, we open up the visual documentary project to documentaries that capture popular cultures across the region.


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YAV | Jeconiah Louis Dreisbach

Social Media & Blogging: The Changing Philippine Media Landscape under the Duterte Regime

With the rise of the Internet and the power of social media and blogging, traditional media is struggling to cope with the digitalization of news in the Philippines. The latter’s authority as a source of news and information is being countered by the former. In less than a decade, the Internet has changed the way Filipinos consume news. With all the challenges that the Philippine media is facing, this piece aims to answer the question: how did social media practitioners and bloggers shape the current Philippine media [...]