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Revolution or political stability? Malaysia’s Islamist movements and lessons from the Arab Uprisings

WithMohd Irwan Syazli Saidin

The purpose of this chapter is to explore the attitudes of the sample respondents from specific dimensions to lessons learned from the Arab Uprisings phenomenon within the context of the Malaysian political landscape as well as the development of Malaysia’s Islamist movements. To begin with, every major historical event that occurs in the world undoubtedly produces some valuable lessons for humankind, and it seems that the same principle also applies in the case of the 2011 Arab Uprisings. Academically speaking, there are plenty of significant studies that highlight the lessons that can be drawn from the Arab Uprisings. However, none of these authors discuss these matters from the perspective of countries beyond the Middle East and North Africa; none adopt the perspective of other majority Muslim nations (e.g. Malaysia). Hence, after years of observation and discussion relating to the Arab Uprisings, this book investigates whether the Malaysian Islamists from the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), the Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM), the Malaysian Muslim Solidarity Front (ISMA) and the National Trust Party (AMANAH) have learned lessons from these momentous events.