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Islam and the State: A Southeast Asian Perspective

Dr Bahtiar Effendy, Professor Gilles Kepel, Dr Munir Majid (chair)
09 November 2010, 6.00pm, The Box - Tower 3, Level 5

Since the unravelling of Western colonialism in the mid-twentieth century, Muslim countries have experienced difficulties in attempting to establish a viable synthesis between Islamic political movements and ideas and the state in their respective localities. In these countries the political relationship between Islam has been characterised by severe tensions, if not hostilities. Given the preponderant position of Islam in these regions, that is, being the religion of the majority of their inhabitants, this is indeed a puzzling reality. As such it has attracted many students of political Islam to raise the question as to whether or not Islam is actually compatible with a modern political system, in which the idea of a nation state serves as a major ingredient?

(excerpt from Dr Bahtiar Effendy's book - 'Islam and the State in Indonesia')



Dr Bahtiar Effendy is a political observer and lecturer at UIN Jakarta. He is also the author of 'Islam and the State in Indonesia'



Professor Gilles Kepel is Director of the Chaire Moyen-Orient/Mediteranee and of the doctoral program of the Muslim World at Sciences-Po. 


Tan Sri Dr Munir Majid is Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE IDEAS and Head of the Southeast Asia International Affairs Programme.



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