Islamism has been on the rise throughout Southeast Asia since the late 1980s. Both the nature of its growing social and political influence and the political implications of its rise, however, have differed markedly across the states that comprise the region. The aim of this symposium is two-fold: first, to explore the different manifestations of Islamism and its impact in both Muslim-majority states (e.g., Indonesia and Malaysia) and Muslim-minority states (e.g., Philippines and Thailand); and second, to provide a comparative perspective so as to stimulate discussion among scholars with different regional expertise. The symposium thus highlights two panels of renowned experts on Southeast Asia, followed by a keynote address on the future of Islamism in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) by one of the most prominent scholars of the MENA.
Intro 9:15 - 9:30 a.m.
Dr. Pauline Jones Luong, Islamic Studies Program Director
Panel 1: 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Electoral Politics in Muslim Majority States
Chair: Allen Hicken, Department of Political Science, U-M
Kikue Hamayotsu, Northern Illinois University
Thomas Pepinsky, Cornell University
Meredith Weiss, SUNY
Panel 2: 1 - 3:30 p.m.
Political Mobilization in Muslim Minority States
Chair: Pauline Jones Luong
Joseph Chinyong Liow, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Duncan McCargo, University of Leeds
Joel Selway, Brigham Young University
Break: 3:30 - 4 p.m.
Keynote Address: 4 p.m.
Islamism in the Middle East and North Africa: Between Domination and Rejection
Dr. Marina Ottaway, Senior Scholar; Wilson Center, Middle East Program
Discussant:: Terence Gomez, University of Malaya (Visiting Scholar, CSEAS, University of Michigan)
Sponsored by: Main Sponsor ISP, Co-sponsors CSEAS, WCED