Islam in Southeast Asia

Fred von der Mehden

in Islamic Studies

ISBN: 9780195390155
Published online December 2009 | | DOI:
Islam in Southeast Asia


Southeast Asia is the home of more than 220 million Muslims and includes the world’s most populated Muslim state and its largest democracy, Indonesia. It includes three majority Muslim states (Brunei, Indonesia, and Malaysia), four with significant minorities (Burma/Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand, and a small and declining minority in Cambodia. Muslims in the region can be characterized as displaying a growing Islamic awareness, significant involvement in politics, and developing interaction with the rest of the Muslim world. Until after World War II, studies of Muslims in the region were primarily carried out by authors from the European colonial powers. Although there was also religious literature written in Malay/Indonesian, it was little known outside the colonies. Most of the European studies were concentrated on Muslim history, experience, and practice at the local and national level. It was only with the advent of the Islamic revival and the rise of militant Islam in recent decades that cross-national approaches became more prevalent.

Article.  8407 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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