Petrů, Tomáš (Ed.): Graffiti, Converts and Vigilantes: Islam Outside the Mainstream in Maritime Southeast Asia
Published by the Oriental Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague 2018. ISBN 978-80-85425-67-3. 244 pages.
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The intersecting space between religion, politics and the wider society in Indonesia and other Muslim-majority countries of Southeast Asia is highly complex and contested. Both official and societal pressures have recently pushed the mainstream Islamic discourse from formerly prevalent moderation towards unprecedented conservatism, which seeks to bolster its footing and influence in the national arena. In line with that, this edited volume attempts to clarify the tense relationship between the more acculturated and the more rigorous versions of Islam, and aims to explore, in eight individual chapters, the specific religious Islamic forms that currently exist in Maritime Southeast Asia.