Muslim Cosmopolitanism: Southeast Asian Islam beyond Violence and Conflict
Khairudin Aljunied, Georgetown University
This talk seeks to deconstruct present-day assumptions embedded in the sensational reporting by “media pundits” and “terrorist experts” that Muslims in Southeast Asia are prone to conflict and violence. Based on my forthcoming book entitled Muslim Cosmopolitanism: Southeast Asian Islam in Comparative Perspective, I argue instead that cosmopolitan ideals and pluralist tendencies have been employed creatively and adapted carefully by Muslim individuals, societies and institutions in Southeast Asia to produce the necessary contexts for mutual tolerance and shared respect between and within different groups in society. Interweaving the connected histories of three countries in Southeast Asia – Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia – I will explain the ways in which historical actors have promoted better understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims in the region to give rise to what I would term as “Southeast Asian Muslim Cosmopolitanism”.
Date: 15 November 2017, 3PM – 5PM
Venue: SCORE, Stockholm University (street address: Frescativägen 14A)