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September 06, 2011

CFP for Edited Volume: Religious Minorities Project

Call for Papers for an Edited Volume on:
Religious Minorities in Muslim-Majority Localities of Southeast Asia: Areas of Toleration and Conflict

Institute Of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS)
Deadline for Abstracts: 15 September 2011

Bernhard Platzdasch
Visiting Research Fellow, ISEAS
Email: platzdasch@iseas.edu.au

Johan Saravanamuttu
Senior Visiting Fellow, ISEAS
Email: saravanamuttu@iseas.edu.au

We, the editors, are seeking contributors to a volume that will address significant areas of inter-religious dealings in the public sphere and in everyday life in Muslim-majority localities in Southeast Asia. The book intends to give a comprehensive account and provide nuanced analysis of social, economic and political contexts of areas of conflict and toleration between various minority communities and the majority religion. Addressing these areas will allow for a timely reflection on the challenges inter-religious relations are facing today in Muslim-majority localities in Southeast Asia. The editors would like to bring a novel approach to the table, concentrating on cutting edge case studies from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Brunei. At the same time, we encourage submissions that approach the subject from a variety of perspectives and across a number of disciplines and fields related to the following streams: Religion in public space, religion in everyday life, inter-faith dialogue, religion and politics, and comparative religion.

Potential contributions may include selected areas covered by the following list of topics:

Religion in public space:
• The legal framework for freedom of religion in Indonesia & Malaysia
• The dynamics of shari’ah and civil law in Malaysia
• Case studies of Islamisation and the non-Muslim responses in Muslim-majority localities in Thailand, Southern Philippines, etc.
• Case studies about the situation of Muslim minorities in Eastern Indonesia, North Sulawesi etc.

Inter-faith Issues and Dialogue
• Inter-faith relations in peninsular Malaysia seen through the MCCBCHST (Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism)
• The Allah controversy in Malaysia and its implications
• Rivalry over permissions to built places of worship and Muslim-Christian relations in various areas in Indonesia
• The situation of the Christian communities of Sabah and Sarawak
• The controversies over conversion from Islam in Malaysia

Religion and Politics
• The politics of Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism and other minority religious in Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei
• The position of the Ahmadiyah within Indonesian Islam after the 2008 decree
• Transmigrant – Indigenous Relations in Kalimantan since 2000
• Dynamics of Islamisation and local mystical/syncretist belief systems in Central and East Java
• The implications of Indonesia’s “Pornography Bill” revisited

Interested scholars are requested to submit a 200-400 word abstract for a paper contribution. Abstracts should include your paper’s title as well as your name, affiliation, and contact information along with a short biography up to 100 words submitted to the editors. Proposals are required to give an indication of the arguments likely to be advanced. Notification of acceptance will be by 1 October 2011.

Bernhard Platzdasch

Posted by katemw at September 6, 2011 08:20 AM


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