By examining the sometimes surprising and unexpected roles that culture and religion have played in mitigating or exacerbating conflicts, this book explores the cultural repertoires from which Southeast Asian political actors have drawn to negotiate the pluralism that has so long been characteristic of the region.

Focusing on the dynamics of identity politics and the range of responses to the socio-political challenges of religious and ethnic pluralism, the authors assembled in this book illuminate the principal regional discourses that attempt to make sense of conflict and tensions. They examine local notions of "dialogue," "reconciliation," "civility" and "conflict resolution" and show how varying interpretations of these terms have informed the responses of different social actors across Southeast Asia to the challenges of conflict, culture and religion. The book demonstrates how stumbling blocks to dialogue and reconciliation can and have been overcome in different parts of Southeast Asia and identifies a range of actors who might be well placed to make useful contributions, propose remedies, and initiate action towards negotiating the region’s pluralism.

This book provides a much needed regional and comparative analysis that makes a significant contribution to a better understanding of the interfaces between region and politics in Southeast Asia.

chapter |15 pages

1 Culture, religion and the Southeast Asian state

BySven Schottmann, Joseph Camilleri

part |71 pages

Part I States, discourses and grandes idées

chapter |22 pages

2 Religion and culture in Southeast Asian regionalism

ByJoseph Camilleri

chapter |11 pages

3 Religious pluralism in Malaysia

Can there be dialogue?
ByGerhard Hoffstaedter

chapter |18 pages

4 Paving the ground?

Malaysia's democratic prospects and the Mahathir government's Islamic discourse
BySven Schottmann

chapter |18 pages

5 Turning conservative Muslims into ‘good citizens'

New allies in the management of Islam in Singapore after 9/11
ByMichael D. Barr

part |103 pages

Part II Conflict and reconciliation

chapter |18 pages

6 Managing cultural diversity and conflict

The Malaysian experience
ByAlberto G. Gomes

chapter |17 pages

7 From colonialist to infidel

Framing the enemy in Southern Thailand's ‘cosmic war'
ByVirginie André

chapter |23 pages

8 Chinese Indonesians, kongkow and Prabowo

A story of reconciliation in post-New Order Indonesia
ByJemma Purdey

chapter |19 pages

9 Finding a way forward

The search for reconciliation in the Philippines
ByPeter M. Sales

chapter |11 pages

10 Devotional Islam and democratic practice

The case of Aceh's qanun jinayat
ByDamien Kingsbury

chapter |13 pages

11 Tools of conflict, levers of cohesion

Culture and religion in Muslim Southeast Asia
BySyed Muhammad Khairudin Aljunied