Rethinking the Boundaries of Sunni Islam in Indonesia & Malaysia

Thursday, Nov 14, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Northgate 105 | UC Berkeley
Location is ADA accessible

Mohamed Nawab Bin Mohamed Osman, Fulbright Visiting Fellow, Center for Race & Gender

This lecture seeks to examine the contemporary Sunni Muslim identity in Malaysia and Indonesia. It seeks to de-construct previously held typologies of Sunni Islam in both countries such as the tradtionalist-reformist divide and the Middle Eastern-Localised Islam divide. Instead the seminar seeks to show that, throughout the past four decades, Sunni Muslim identity in Malaysia and Indonesia underwent severe transformative processes. As a result of the relatively independent influence of cultural dynamics and of national, regional and international structural factors, new Sunni Muslim identities have emerged. WIth a comparative focus on Salafism, Sufism and Traditionalists, the paper explores the processes of emergence and transformation of Sunni identity in Malaysia and Indonesia.

Mohamed Nawab Osman is a Fulbright Visiting Fellow at the Center for Race & Gender. He is also Assistant Professor at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Nawab is the author of Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia: Identity, Ideology and Religo-Political Mobilization (Oxfon: Routledge, 2018) and the editors of Contesting Muslim Identities: The Political of Islam in South and Southeast Asia (Edinburgh: Edinburg University Press, 20202) (forthcoming), Malaysia’s 14th General Election and UMNO’s Fall: Intra-Elite Feuding in the Pursuit of Power (Oxbridge: Routledge, 2019) (with Edmund Terence Gomez), and Pathways to Contemporary Islam (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2019). His research interests include Islam and Political in South and Southeast Asia, Islamophobia in Asia and Religion in the International Relations of Asia. At UC Berkeley, he is working on a book manuscript examining the confluence between Islamophobia and that Nation-Building process in Myanmar, Malaysia and India,

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