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Islam in Southeast Asia

As host to the biggest Muslim population on earth, the only Malay-Muslim monarchy in the world, a melting pot of cultures and traditions, and a peaceful blend of tradition and modernity, Southeast Asia is a dynamic, yet understudied manifestation of Islamic influence, heritage, and scholarship. From the Sufistic practices of the Malays to the intellectual discourses on state concepts such as Brunei’s Negara Zikr and Malaysia’s Islam Hadhari, and from the majestic mosques dotting the landscapes of these countries to the complex and diverse experiences of the Muslim minorities of Southeast Asia, there remain many unresolved questions and challenges that need to discovered, dusted off, deliberated upon, demystified, and continually revisited.

Within this broad phenomenon of Islam in Southeast Asia, we particularly welcome research focusing on the following topics:

  • Muslim minorities in Southeast Asia
  • Islam in Muslim-majority countries of Southeast Asia
  • Islam and culture in Southeast Asia
  • Islam and politics in Southeast Asia
  • Islamic intellectual thought and heritage in the Malay world
  • Interfaith harmony between Islam and other religions in Southeast Asia

Islamic History and Civilisation

Islamic civilisation is a living entity spanning over 1400 years and across the entire globe. Since its emergence in the Arabian peninsula in the 7th century, Islam has influenced various cultures, societies, and traditions throughout history, leaving the world with impressive manifestations of cultural heritage, begging to be studied, understood, and appreciated. From the lasting impact of Ibn Khaldun’s al-Muqaddimah to the jaw-dropping scenery of the Alhambra in Granada, and from the immense legacy of the Abbasids to the contemporary Muslim discourses on reform and modernity, the field of Islamic History and Civilisation is awash with exciting debates, ideas and discoveries, yet never over-studied.

Under the broad banner of Islamic History and Civilisation, we particularly welcome research focusing on the following topics:

  • Classical Muslim Thought
  • Contemporary Muslim Thought
  • History of Islam and Muslims
  • Muslim beliefs and cultures
  • Muslim and/or Islamic influences in the West