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dc.contributor.authorSchottmann, Sven A.
dc.date.accessioned2019-02-25T22:54:59Z
dc.date.available2019-02-25T22:54:59Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.identifier.issn1469-9311
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/09596410.2012.712454
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/254978
dc.description.abstractMahathir Mohamad's engagement with Islam remains one of the most understudied aspects of his six decades in the public limelight. Few students of late-twentieth-century Malaysian society have concerned themselves seriously with his pronouncements on what Islam was and, perhaps even more importantly, what Islam could do. This article argues that, while Mahathir's religious discourse had the transparently political objective of containing increasingly strident Islamist opposition, it was also a relatively coherent description of the type of religiosity and the religiously inspired personal qualities that a Malaysian Muslim should ideally possess. Even though the so-called ‘Islamization’ processes of the 1980s and 1990s have had some rather problematic consequences for Malaysian society as a whole, Mahathir's articulation of Islam's most fundamental spirit as a ‘theology of progress’ was in many aspects notably liberal and conducive to processes of democratization and civil society building. His emphasis on the pluralism and tolerance of Islamic civilization, as well as on Islam as a practical faith encouraging its adherents to prosperity and good neighbourliness, helped undergird official narratives of Malaysia as a harmonious, multi-cultural state.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherRoutledge
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom57
dc.relation.ispartofpageto69
dc.relation.ispartofissue1
dc.relation.ispartofjournalIslam and Christian-Muslim Relations
dc.relation.ispartofvolume24
dc.subject.fieldofresearchReligion and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
dc.subject.fieldofresearchSociology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchReligion and Religious Studies
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode220499
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1608
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode2204
dc.titleGod helps those who help themselves: Islam according to Mahathir Mohamad
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorSchottmann, Sven


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