Issue 5

Mapping the Terrain: Politics and Cultures of Islamization of Knowledge in Malaysia

         Georg StauthPolitics and Cultures of Islamization in Southeast Asia: Indonesia and Malaysia in the Nineteen-ninetiesBielefeld / Transcript Verlag / 2002  Mona AbazaDebates on Islam and Knowledge in Malaysia and Egypt: Shifting WorldsLondon / Routledge Curzon / 2002 Syed Hussein AlatasKe Mana dengan IslamKuala Lumpur / Utusan Publications & Distributors / 2002 Farish A. [...]

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 The essays in these two volumes deal unevenly with the issues of sexuality, reproductive rights, and gender violence in Islamic societies. There is, however, one [...]

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 Southern Philippines. Most of them had spent their early years in Cagayan de Sulu. The promise of land to till and a better life away from strife and armed conflict brought [...]

Blue Blood of the Big Astana —Ibrahim A. Jubaira

Ibrahim Jubaira is perhaps the best known of the older generation of English language-educated Muslim Filipino writers and one of the most prolific, with three volumes of short stories published and two more collections of unpublished material. Born in 1920, Jubaira began writing in high school. He was editor of the Cresent Review Magazine and the Zamboanga Collegian, as well as a columnist [...]

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 Samudera (real name: Abdul Aziz) was about to hear the verdict. When his death sentence was announced, he shouted, “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar (God is great)!” When he was taken out of [...]

Beyond the Jilbab

Yuli Suriani is a student at the Banda, Aceh-based Syiah Kuala University, who also works as a radio broadcaster. She is petite and usually wears blue jeans and a canvas jacket. Like most women in Banda, Aceh, Yuli uses a jilbab to cover her head, a cotton scarf that usually matches the color of her dresses. “I feel like imperfect without jilbab. It is a symbol of Muslim women with high [...]

“A Plural Peninsula” at Walailak University

Historical Interactions among Thai, Malays, Chinese, and Others A workshop organized by:Asia Research Institute, National University of SingaporeRegional Studies Program, Institute of Liberal Arts, Walailak UniversityInstitute of Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University Held at Walailak University, Nakhon Sri Thammarat, 5-7 February 2004  A recent workshop at Walailak University in Nakhon Sri [...]

Ties of Brotherhood: Cultural Roots of Southern Thailand and Northern Malaysia

It can be said without exaggeration that over the last four decades Prof. Suthiwong Phongphaibun has become the leading figure in the study of the culture of the southern Thai region. He has published a voluminous output of original books, articles, and edited texts of manuscripts that have played a major role in defining the field. Among his best-known works are Good Things from the [...]

After the Fall of Baghdad

Defeatism is an internalized feeling of defeat, a melancholic mournfulness that eventually imprisons one in a dark web. It is like a labyrinth or a path that splits endlessly. Taking a lesson from the bitter defeat of the Arab nations Egypt, Jordan, and Syria in the Six-Day War of June 1967, I am concerned that the fall of Baghdad will open old wounds and foster a defeatist attitude among Arab [...]