Islamic Revivalism and Politics in Malaysia

Problems in Nation Building

  • Bob Olivier

Part of the Critical Studies of the Asia-Pacific book series (CSAP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  2. Bob Olivier
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  3. Bob Olivier
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  4. Bob Olivier
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  5. Bob Olivier
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 267-286

About this book


This book describes the Islamisation process that has unfolded in Malaysia over the last fifty years and provides feedback from in-depth interviews with 100 individuals from Malaysia’s “educated classes”, or the “elite”, regarding their reactions to the changes that have accompanied Islamisation and how they feel it has impacted them. It includes a brief overview of Islamisation globally and a brief history of Malaysia, focusing especially on those aspects relevant to the book’s subject. The book gives a comprehensive explanation of how and why Islamisation occurred in Malaysia and illustrates the extent of change that has accompanied it. The feedback from the research participants includes special analysis of reactions from Muslim women and non-Muslims. The reasons behind there being so little public debate about Islamisation and the concerns that this group of people have about what is happening is also explained. Finally, the author gives his opinion on the impact the change in government in May 2019 is likely to have. 

Robert Henry Olivier is an advisor to the Centre for Muslim States and Societies at the University of Western Australia. He is also a Member of the Senate of the University. Recently retired, he spent 24 years in PA Consulting Group, in Australia, Hong Kong and Malaysia, his last position being Head of the South-East Asia Region. As founder, owner and Executive Chairman, he then spent 25 years with ASPAC Executive Search, one of Malaysia’s leading search firms. He was a Director of the British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce for 21 years.


Political Islam in Malaysia Islamic Revival in Malaysia Social Engineering in Malaysia Inter-ethnic Relations in Malaysia Islamisation in Malaysia Manifestations of Islamisation Muslim Women in Malaysia Islamisation Impact on Non-Muslims in Malaysia 2018 Malaysia General Elections

Authors and affiliations

  • Bob Olivier
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-981-15-0881-3
  • Online ISBN 978-981-15-0882-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2662-222X
  • Series Online ISSN 2662-2238
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