The Malaysian Islamic Party 1951-2013

Islamism in a Mottled Nation

Farish A. Noor

The Malaysian Islamic Party 1951-2013

Farish A. Noor

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

280 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2014
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9789089645760 Published September 2014 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
The Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) is the biggest opposition party in Malaysia and one of the most prominent Islamist parties in Southeast Asia. Tracing its development from 1951 to the present, this ambitious study explains how PAS acquired both local and international relevance.

Farish A. Noor charts the party’s rise alongside the different ideological postures—from anticolonialism to postrevolutionary Islamism—that it has adopted over the years.  Exploring how PAS has continuously adapted to contemporary realities, he makes an important contribution to our understanding of Malaysia’s Islamist movement, as well as the country’s broader political history.
Contents
Introduction
Islamism in a Mottled Nation: The Story of PAS
Where and When We Are: Locating PAS in Today’s Overdetermined and Highly Contested Malaysia
 
1. 1951-1969: The Orphan of the Cold War
An Islamic Party Steps on the Stage of Malaysian Politics
Islamism Ascending: How and Why Political Islam Emerged in the World of Malayan Politics
The Kaum Muda Challenge: Islamist Activism as the Precedent to Islamist Politics
Competing Discourses during the Japanese Military Occupation of Malaya
The First Expression of Malay-Muslim Nationalism: The Partai Kebangsaan Melayu Malaya
Political Islam before PAS: The Short-lived Hizbul Muslimin Party of Malaya
Born from the Womb of UMNO: The Early Years of PAS as Persatuan Islam Se-Malaya
PAS under Dr. Burhanuddin al-Helmy: Islamism to the Left
 
2. From Internationalism to Communitarianism
PAS as the Defender of Malay Rights: 1970-1982
From Internationalism to Localism: PAS’s Inward Turn in the 1970s
The Fire of Youth: Student Activism and Islamism on the Campuses of Malaysia in the 1970s
The Islamist Tide Grows Stronger: PAS in the Muslim World at the Close of the 1970s
 
3. PAS in the Global Islamist Wave: 1982-1999
1982: The Ulama era begins
Ustaz Yusof bin Abdullah al-Rawa and PAS’s Renewed Jihad of the 1980s
Against the Secular State: Violence and Confrontation in PAS’s politics of the 1980s
The Islamists Falter: PAS’s Nadir in 1986
On to the 1990s: PAS redefines its Jihad
The Ground Shifts, Again: The Narrowing of the Muslim Political Arena from the Mid-1990s to
1999
 
4. The Jihad of the Ballot Box
PAS’s Democratic Experiment: 2000-2013
2000-2004: The New Century Explodes
The 2004 Election Debacle and the Resurgence of the Reformist ‘Erdogan’ Faction in PAS
The 8 March 2008 Tsunami: The Eclipse of Islam Hadari and the Return of PAS
PAS in the Era of 1Malaysia: The Internal Divisions Finally Come to the Surface
The Return of the Repressed: The Sabah ‘Sulu Crisis’ and Its Impact on Malaysia
Endnote, Though Not Endgame: PAS in the Future
 
5. Religion, Politics, Islam, Islamism
What PAS Is, and What It Is Not
PAS and the Lure of All-Devouring Politics
The Understanding-that-Kills: Knowing the Islamic State
Between Tidy Universes and Fuzzy Borders
The Unending Road: Islamism in a Loop
 
Bibliography
Index
Review Quotes
Martin van Bruinessen | Utrecht University
“This is without a doubt the best study of PAS that has appeared to date, and at the same time a social and political history of independent Malaysia seen from the margins. It is essential reading not only for those who wish to understand Malaysian politics, but also for students of contemporary Islamist movements.”
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