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Published: 07 April 2009

288 Pages

ISBN: 9780195377088

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Piety and Politics

Islamism in Contemporary Malaysia

Joseph Chinyong Liow

This book offers a comprehensive analysis of the growing role of Islam in the last quarter century of Malaysian politics. While conventional wisdom suggests that the ruling UMNO party moved toward Islamism as a reaction to the more heavily Islamist opposition party, PAS, Stephen Liow argues that the UMNO has, in fact, often taken the lead in moving toward Islamism, and PAS has often been forced to react. The result, Liow argues, is a game of "piety-trumping" that will be very difficult to reverse, and that has dire consequences not only for the ethnic and religious minorities of Malaysia, but for their democratic system as a whole.


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