Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1093/ojlr/rwv001
Title: Competing imperatives: Conflicts and convergences in state and islam in pluralist Malaysia
Authors: Neo, JL 
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2015
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
Citation: Neo, JL (2015-01-01). Competing imperatives: Conflicts and convergences in state and islam in pluralist Malaysia. Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 4 (1) : 1-25. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1093/ojlr/rwv001
Abstract: © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. This article examines the evolution of state-religion relations in Malaysia from a secular-constitutional democracy with Islamic symbols to one where Islam as the religion of the federation is becoming a public doctrine, influencing norm-creation and norm-critique. It identifies a normative convergence between the Syariah and the secular courts on the content of religious freedom and the imperative to maintain a closed community. In this regard, this paper locates this development within a wider movement to reverse the priority of secular norms over Islamic ones. It analyses the attendant social, legal, and political factors influencing these developments and considers their implications for the equal rights of non-Muslim citizens and the ideal of a democratic Malaysian state.
Source Title: Oxford Journal of Law and Religion
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/185577
ISBN: 20470789
ISSN: 20470770
DOI: 10.1093/ojlr/rwv001
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