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FY 2011/2012 Research Topic: 1-05
Islam and political dissent: Studies and Comparisons from Asia and the Middle East


In parts of Asia and the Middle East, Islam is the moral and ideological front of political dissent that offers a powerful appeal and a growing reach. Diverse dissident Islamic forces operate under complex conditions in these regions: in other words, the so-called ‘War on Terror’ and its threats to national sovereignty, and neoliberal global capitalism and its constraints on autonomous economic development. To varying degrees, these forces re-shape the balance of power between Islamic and secular institutions, social movements and authoritarian regimes, and populism and oligarchic rule. Such complexities make it necessary not to treat political dissent in the name of Islam as simply a ‘religious phenomenon’ or a manifestation of extremism, but to trace its origins and trajectories and evaluate its outcomes critically.


April 2011 - February 2013

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] KHOO Boo Teik
[ Co-researchers ] NAKANISHI Yoshihiro
[ Internal Member ] SHIRAISHI Takashi
[ External Member ] Vedi Hadiz (Murdoch University, Professor)
Richard Robison (Murdoch University, Professor)
Ian Wilson (Murdoch University, Research Associate)
Alejandro Colas (University of London, Senior Lecturer)
IKEUCHI Satoshi (Tokyo University, Associate Professor)
Mohammad Nafissi (School of African and Oriental Studies, Research Associate)
Nadia Marzouki (European University Institute, Jean Monet Fellow)