The Impact of Islamic Civil Society Organisations on Malaysian Islam and Politics

Abstract

Islam is an important aspect in the state governance of Malaysia. The religious identity of the majority Malay ethnic group, who are predominantly Muslims, is highly relevant in how the principle of ketuanan Melayu (Malay dominance) is expressed in contemporary Malaysian politics. Not only does ketuanan Melayu establish Malay political dominance, it also elevates the position of Islam in society. Constitutionally, the Malay rulers are recognized as heads of the religion of Islam, Islam is the official religion of the country, and Islamic courts and institutions can be formed to regulate Muslims (Salleh, 2000).

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@inproceedings{Nawab2016TheIO, title={The Impact of Islamic Civil Society Organisations on Malaysian Islam and Politics}, author={Mohamed Nawab and Mohamed El Faki Osman and Saleena Begum Saleem}, year={2016} }