Past Research Projects
This study investigates the relationship between Islam and development in Southeast Asia with reference to state building in the context of the Muslim faith. There have been questions as to the extent to which the Western European model of modernization -- generally consisting of industrialization, capitalization, democratization and secularization -- can be applied in Islamic societies. In some Muslim societies, anti-secularism is gaining momentum in response to globalization even while the activities of Muslims are becoming more transnational. With reference to development in Southeast Asian countries, it is now vital to understand the significance of new Islamic trends. This study reveals the changes in Islam and its social position in Southeast Asia on region-by-region and country-by-country bases and analyzes the impacts on institutions and public policies in individual countries.