Political Islam in Southeast Asia

Political Islam in Southeast Asia

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Gordon Means traces the evolution of Islamic politics in Southeast Asia, ranging from the early arrival of Islam in the region to the challenges it generates and faces today. The analysis presented by Means encompasses both the events and actions shaping Islamic politics and the impact of Islamic politics on government and public policy outcomes. I

t also offers insightful answers to such questions as: How was the Islam that first came to Southeast Asia shaped by four centuries of colonial rule? Are democracy and political Islam possible?

Is Islamic radicalism gaining ground in the region, and what are its prospects for establishing a system of Islamic governance?

Is there open opposition to radical Islam?
A fundamental issues raised in the book is whether contemporary regimes in the region have the capacity to address the demands of political Islam and also provide economic and social equity for all citizens, not only to meet basic needs, but also to compete effectively in a globalized world economy.

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