The Islamisation Phenomenon in Malaysia: The Response of the Professional Classes

Robert Henry Olivier

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Islamic revivalism in Malaysia, a 65% Muslim-majority state, has changed the nature of the society, political structures and communal relationships. This thesis provides insights into the perceptions of a sample of 100 members belonging to professional classes on these changes and their willingness to question some of the trends with respect to women's rights and status of non-Muslim minorities. Based on in-depth, face-to-face interviews, the thesis argues that while 85% of the respondents
were uncomfortable with the trajectory of Islamisation, they are not engaging in any public debate about it for fear of a backlash on a number of fronts.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Yasmeen, Samina, Supervisor
  • Dobbs, Stephen, Supervisor
  • Taylor, Jeannette, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date21 Aug 2018
Publication statusUnpublished - 2018


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