Thursday, December 19, 2013

Book Launch: Contemporary Islamic Discourse in the Malay-Indonesian World, by Azhar Ibrahim

Select Books and leftwrite centre are pleased to invite you to the book launch of Contemporary Islamic Discourse in the Malay-Indonesian World, by Azhar Ibrahim, on Friday, 27 December 2013, at 7:30pm.

There will be a panel discussion with Associate Professor Aisha Abdul Rahman (Head, Department of Malay Studies, NUS), Azhar Ibrahim (Visiting Fellow, NUS) and Ahmad Gaus (Writer and Activist).

Please register for the event at:

About Contemporary Islamic Discourse in the Malay-Indonesian World
While many books have probed the role of Islam in political and social change in Southeast Asia over the past three decades, few have focused on the power of the religious discourse itself in shaping this transformation.  Contemporary Islamic Discourse in the Malay–Indonesian World captures the interplay between religion and social thought in comparative case studies from Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.

Drawing on a critical sociology of knowledge and a profound understanding of historical contexts, the central focus is on Muslim intellectuals who have grappled with the impact of modernity in these societies, between those seeking to reform Islam’s role and those who take a hardline defensive stance.  The discussion deals successively with the role of religious traditionalism, the upsurge of dakwah revivalism and the public sphere, attitudes towards democracy and pluralism, and finally the ideas advanced by liberal Islam and its opponents.  Above all, Azhar Ibrahim offers the reader a creative way of understanding the modern Islamic discourse and its relationship to the remaking of society at large.

About Azhar Ibrahim
Azhar Ibrahim, PhD, is a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Malay Studies, National University of Singapore. His research interests include sociology of religion, sociology of literature and critical literacy, and the Malay-Indonesia intellectual development. He has co-edited and published widely in Malaysia and Indonesia. Amongst his major publications in English are: Humanistic Traditions in Islam: A Preliminary Survey and Islam, Religion and Progress: Critical Perspectives .

Date and Time
Friday, 27 December, 2013, 7:30pm

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51, Armenian Street
Singapore 179939
Tel: 6337 9319

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