Special Issue "Reframing Islam in Southeast Asia"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 August 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Chiara Formichi

Department of Asian Studies, Cornell University, 350 Rockefeller Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The history of Islam in Southeast Asia has been traditionally narrated as one derivative of the Middle Eastern experience and, oftentimes, as a reality that largely belongs to the majority areas of the Indo-Malay sphere. 

This Special Issue of the journal Religions, “Reframing Islam in Southeast Asia”, intends to challenge these narratives, problematizing both the way Muslim Southeast Asia has been defined as a region, and how the category of “Islam” has been deployed in that context, harnessed to the dichotomies of core/periphery, authenticity/syncretism, local/foreign, ethnicity/religion, and majority/minority.

Abstracts are invited from authors working in all disciplines and all areas of Southeast Asia, although the editors are particularly interested in contributions addressing: the intersection of Islam and the arts; Islam and gender; borderland communities; transnational and Intra-Asian connections; comparative studies within the region; and studies of Islam beyond Southeast Asia’s “Islamic arc”.

Prof. Dr. Chiara Formichi
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Genealogies of Identities of Islam and Muslims in Myanmar

Abstract: Despite occasional state-led, -organized, or -tolerated violence against Muslims of Myanmar in the 1990s and 2000s, they used to be included among repressed minorities under the military and considered as a political non-category until the post-2010 tumultuous democratic transition. The transition brought challenges for diverse political, social, ethnic, and religious groups. Among them, Muslims in general, especially the Rohingya, arguably faced the most serious challenges. As they partook in intercommunal/interreligious violence mostly as victims but often as attackers in various places from 2012 to 2014, Islam’s origins and Muslims’ socio-legal and political identities were contentiously problematized by the government and larger Buddhist-majority society of Myanmar. Whereas this identity construction was more often than not statist or societal, Muslims themselves joined in the construction. Many non-Rohingya Muslims showed sympathy towards the Rohingya during the violence and in the aftermath. It led to top-down and horizontal questioning of Islam’s assumed foreign roots and Muslim citizens’ loyalty by the government and people of Myanmar. In response, various Muslim groups started a bottom-up and horizontal process of identity construction that claims Islam’s long roots in Myanmar and Myanmar Muslims’ loyalty and allegiance to Myanmar.      

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