The	State,	Ulama	and	Islam	in	Malaysia	and	Indonesia

The State, Ulama and Islam in Malaysia and Indonesia

by Norshahril Saat

In response to the Islamic resurgence of the 1970s and beyond, the Suharto (1966–1998) and Mahathir (1981–2003) governments undertook massive Islamisation programmes in Indonesia and Malaysia respectively. This included co-opting influential religious scholars into state-sponsored institutions. In 1975, Suharto formed the Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI); while in the 1980s, Mahathir upgraded the Malaysian National Fatwa Council (JKFMKI), JAKIM (Department of Islamic Development Malaysia) and IKIM (Malaysian Institute for Islamic Understanding). The ‘official’ ulamas — the religious scholars who participated in these institutions — were expected to support the states’ ideologies in exchange for reward and recognition. The State, Ulama and Islam in Malaysia and Indonesia examines the extent to which official ulamas in contemporary Indonesia and Malaysia capitalised on their co-optation to ‘capture’ the states. By capture, a concept popularized in political economy, the author refers to societal actors’ ability to influence laws, policies, and the distribution of resources in their favour. The book examines how policies undertaken by Suharto (1966–1998) and Mahathir (1981–2003) determine capture successes and failures of official ulama in their respective countries.

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  • Number of Pages : 254
  • Publisher : ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute
  • Weight : 331g
  • Product Code : 9789814818834
  • Dimension : 152 x 229 mm

About Author

Norshahril Saat

Norshahril Saat is Fellow at the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore. He is also Adjunct Lecturer with the Department of Malay Studies, National University of Singapore (NUS).