Negotiating Religious Freedom: Christian Mobilization in the "Islamic State" of Malaysia

Joseph Chinyong Liow , Visiting Fulbright Scholar, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center ,Stanford University

RSVP required by 5PM October 31

A series of events over the last few years—attempts to deny non-Muslims the right to use the term “Allah,” arson attacks on Christian churches, curbs on conversions of Muslims, confiscation of bibles—alert us to disconcerting trends that have emerged in Muslim-Christian relations in multicultural Malaysia.  Prof. Liow will analyze the underlying drivers behind these events in order to explain how and why the Christian community has mobilized in recent years in the face of perceived constriction of religious space.

Joseph Liow is Associate Dean and Associate Professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.  His writings on Islam and politics in Southeast Asia are widely read and highly regarded.  Essays by him on Islam, the media, and politics in Malaysia are forthcoming in the Journal of Islamic Studies, Pacific Affairs, and Pacific Review.  Earlier work includes Piety and Politics: Islamism in Contemporary Malaysia (2009) and a four-volume series on Islam in Southeast Asia (co-edited, 2009).  At Stanford during Fall Quarter he will explore two prospective new projects:  a study of armed resistance movements in Southeast Asia and a revision of the late Michael Leifer’s classic Dictionary of the Modern Politics of Southeast Asia (2001).

Tuesday, November 01, 2011 | 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
Okimoto Conference Room, Encina Hall East, 3rd Floor