Issue 23

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 […]

Issue 23

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 […]

Issue 23

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 […]

Book Reviews

REVIEW— Mata Hati Kita, The Eyes of Our Hearts

Mata Hati Kita, The Eyes of Our HeartsCompiled by: Angela M. Kuga Thas and Jac SM Kee Petaling Jaya: Gerakbudaya Enterprise, 2016, 142 pages The recent widespread impression that religion, especially Islam, is to blame […]

Book Reviews

REVIEW— Muhammadiyah Jawa

Muhammadiyah JawaAuthor: Ahmad Najib BurhaniYogyakarta: Suara Muhammadiyah, 2016. 184 pages   A Muslim organization in Javanese culture Muhammadiyah Jawa is an important work written on historical development of Muhammadiyah, an Islamic organization established in 1912. […]

Issue 19

Nonviolent Action: The Ultimate Sacrifice

I have long been awed by the level of commitment required for any idealist to make the ultimate sacrifice for their cause, the offering of one’s very life. Where does one acquire such steadfast, unbending […]

Issue 11

The Faces of Islamic Politics

The popular imagination with regards to Islamic politics has lately been focussed on ‘radical’ Islamic groups that appear intent on establishing states run on the basis of Islamic law as well as being vehemently opposed […]

Issue 5

Women, Islam, and the Law

         Hjh. Nik Noriani Nik Badlishah, editorIslamic Family Law and Justice for Muslim WomenMalaysia / Sisters in Islam / 2003 Gender, Muslim Laws and Reproductive RightsDavao City / Pilipina Legal Resources Center, Inc. / 2001 […]

Issue 5

In Search of Islamic Art in Southeast Asia

Barangay Oring-oring is a village in Brooke’s Point, Palawan, where women weave mats. These women belong to the Jama Mapun, an Islamicized group of people related to the Sama, an ethnolinguistic group found predominantly in […]

Issue 5

Young Muslims Speak Out

A young man sat calmly in front of judges in a court room in Denpasar, Bali. With long hair and a beard, he looked different when he was arrested in West Java a couple of months earlier. Imam […]

Issue 5

Women and Islam in Malaysia

There is tremendous preoccupation with Islam in Malaysia today. Unfortunately, much of it is focused on form rather than substance, the effects of which are largely felt by Muslim women. Malaysia portrays itself as a […]

Book Reviews

Book Review— Malaysia: Islam, Society and Politics

Malaysia: Islam, Society and PoliticsVirginia Hooker and Norani Othman, editorsSingapore / ISEAS Series on Islam, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies / 2003 This collection of essays has been prepared as a tribute to Clive S. […]