Southeast Asian Islam has, until recently, been a neglected subject for scholars and policy-makers. Strategic analysts saw Islam as a relatively minor element in the region’s politics and diplomacy, despite the fact that Southeast Asia is home to nearly one-fifth of the world’s Muslims. Meanwhile, scholars of Islam tended to see the region as geographically, intellectually and politically peripheral to the ‘real centre’ of the Muslim world, the Middle East. Hence, there are remarkably few books dealing with Islam in a specifically Southeast Asian context, and many works dealing with Southeast Asian affairs or world Islamic politics pay only scant attention to the role of the region’s Muslims.
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