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Religion and nationalism are two of the most potent and enduring forces that have shaped the modern world. Yet, there has been little systematic study of how these two forces have interacted to provide powerful impetus for mobilization in Southeast Asia, a region where religious identities are as strong as nationalist impulses. At the heart of many religious conflicts in Southeast Asia lies competing conceptions of nation and nationhood, identity and belonging, and loyalty and legitimacy. In this accessible and timely study, Joseph Liow examines the ways in which religious identity nourishes collective consciousness of a people who see themselves as a nation, perhaps even as a constituent part of a nation, but anchored in shared faith. Drawing on case studies from across the region, Liow argues that this serves both as a vital element of identity and a means through which issues of rights and legitimacy are understood.Read more
- Proposes ways that various theories of nationalism can be made to speak to each other and combined to explain the case of sub-state nationalisms in Southeast Asia
- A unique empirical contribution to social movement theory
- Advances the study of religious identity and how it interacts with the histories and politics of Southeast Asia
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"Joseph Liow is an influential observer of religion and nationalism across Muslim Southeast Asia. His new book presents a rich and insightful analysis that will guide a new generation of scholars and students."
Edward Aspinall, Australian National University, CanberraSee more reviews
"Joseph Liow has brought together a wealth of information on the extent to which religion has come to infuse contested conceptions of nationhood and conflicts over political supremacy. This is an incisive exploration of the ways in which faith has been put into the service of projects of domination."
Donald L. Horowitz, Duke University, North Carolina
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- Date Published: September 2016
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107167728
- length: 278 pages
- dimensions: 235 x 156 x 20 mm
- weight: 0.52kg
- availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
Table of Contents
1. Faith and flag
2. Southern Philippines: reframing (Bangsa) Moro to Bangsamoro
3. Thailand's southern border provinces: constructing narratives and imagining Patani Darussalam
4. Malaysia: religion, ethno-nationalism, and turf-guarding
5. Contesting principles of nationhood in post-independence Indonesia: narratives and counter-narratives
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