The actions and political rhetoric of the day seem to affirm the commitment of many Muslims to a more Islamic political, social, and economic order. But despite the pervasiveness of this phenomenon and its geopolitical significance, our understanding of the contemporary Islamic world has remained astonishingly limited. More than half of the world's 800 million Muslims live in Asia, and yet most people continue to think of Islam as an essentially Arab phenomenon. This wide-ranging volume brings together previously unpublished writings by leading authorities on Islamic affairs to provide the fullest picture of the diverse roles played by Islam in Asian public life today. Central topics include how Islam is presented in the public life--government, national ideology, law, and political parties--of Asian Muslims, and the ways in which Islam influences both the domestic politics and foreign policies of Muslim countries today.
"Islam in Asia is a must for students of both religion and foreign policy. I cannot commend it too highly, either for the specialist or the beginner."--C. George Fry, Saint Francis College
"Excellent. Up to date. Very badly needed."--Linda Cooke Johnson, Monterey Institute of International Studies
"Another stimulating collection of articles superbly edited by Professor Esposito."--Philip S. Khoury, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Esposito's reputation and familiarity with Islam in its many forms is well founded....Certainly a useful book for any scholar with serious interests in Islam....Helpful maps, a list of the 'peoples of Islam' and a glossary....All of the contributions still refer to current issues."--Pacific Affairs
"A useful contribution to what is still a neglected subject."--Journal of Church and State
"Very useful collection of essays which compares the Islamic experience in several Asian societies."--Avigdor Levy, Brandeis University
"A readable and interesting presentation on the many faces of Asian Islam."--Islam and Christian Muslim Relations