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By Dr. Max Gross

This examine makes a speciality of Islam in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand. it really is meant because the starting of a data base for coverage makers and analysts. the writer used to be Dean of the varsity of Intelligence reviews on the nationwide protection Intelligence collage and Professor of Intelligence (Middle East). the fabric this is equipped thematically round nations and 5 questions: (1) How did Islam come to the rustic? Or how did the rustic become predominately Islamic? (2) How valuable has Islam (as against different political ideologies) been within the political heritage of the rustic? (3) what's the offi cial coverage of the present govt of the rustic towards Islam? (4) What valuable Islamist routine exist in the kingdom (or in exile)? (5) what's the analysis about the way forward for modern Islamic events within the kingdom? the present quantity is a projected quantity one in all a multi-volume research.

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The absence of PAS from its traditional opposition role created a vacuum that ABIM was in a position to fill. PAS — The Islamic Party Although UMNO had dominated Malaysian politics throughout the country’s history, it had never gained the support of all Malays. In large part this was because it was correctly perceived as representing the Malay aristocratic classes associated 43 Pipes, In the Path of God, 251. Barton, “Islam, Society, Politics and Change in Malaysia,”113. 45 Pipes, In the Path of God, 251.

39 Avowedly apolitical, like Jamaat Tabligh, it nevertheless was innately critical of the larger society in which it sought to take root. 40 ABIM More important in the longer run than either Jamaat Tabligh or Darul Arqam, however, was the Malaysian Islamic Youth Movement — Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (ABIM) that, as it grew and matured, played an increasingly important political role in Malaysian society. 42 Receiving its strongest support from Malay youth in Malaysia’s burgeoning institutions of higher learning in the 1970s, especially in the country’s more highly developed and urbanized western states (Negeri Sembilan, Selangor, and Perak), ABIM may have achieved success because of its relatively intellectual appeal.

34 Malaysia: A Country Study, 144 – 148. 35 Many other Malay as well as Chinese students were sent abroad to secure advanced education, Australia being a favored venue for many. GROWTH OF THE ISLAMIC MOVEMENT Closely associated with this vast educational expansion was a youth movement, especially among Malays, that was perhaps the counterpart of those counter-cultural youth movements that flourished in many countries during the 1970s — in the late and post-Vietnam war eras. In the case of Malaysia, the movement took the form of increased interest in religion, or perhaps better to say, the Islamic component of the Malay identity.

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