• Offered by Department of International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject International Relations
  • Areas of interest International Relations
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

Southeast Asia is home to 260 million Muslims, the largest religious community in the region. This course will survey the diverse political expressions of this community, describing and analysing key movements, events and figures as well as the involvement of Islamic groups in regional conflicts and terrorism. A number of broader issues will be addressed, including:

1. The nature of the interaction between external Islamic sources and local religio-cultural traditions, both historically and contemporaneously;
2. The role of Islam in regional insurgencies such as those in southern Thailand, the southern Philippines, Singapore and western Myanmar/Burma;
3. The dynamics of radicalisation and terrorism;
4. The impact of accelerated Islamisation upon political Islam and the state in Malaysia and Indonesia; and
5. The influence of Islam on regional diplomacy.

In addition, the course will foster close analysis of primary source texts as well as critical engagement with the scholarly literature on Southeast Asian Islam.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the skills and knowledge to:
1. Analyse the major political, security and cultural developments relating to Southeast Asian Islam as well as show knowledge of key organisations, movements, figures and trends in the region's Muslim societies.
2. Understand the major scholarly approaches to the study of Southeast Asian Islam.
3. Critically engage with primary and secondary source materials and develop independent interpretations.
4. Effectively communicate knowledge about Southeast Asian Islam to diverse audiences in a clear and balanced manner.

Indicative Assessment

Reading Comments (3x700 words) - commentaries on key readings - 30% [LO1, 2, 3]
Main Research Essay (3000 words) - 40% [LO1-4]
Take-Home examination (2000 words) - 30% [LO1,2,4]

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Students will be expected to do two to four hours preparation for the weekly seminars.  In addition to reading a number of contrasting scholarly texts, English-language primary source materials written by Southeast Asian Muslims will often be included in the reading lists.

Prescribed Texts

Liow, Joseph Chinyong, Religion and nationalism in Southeast Asia, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2016.
Greg Fealy and Virginia Hooker (eds), Voices of Islam in Southeast Asia: A Contemporary Sourcebook, ISEAS, Singapore, 2006.

Preliminary Reading

Federspiel, Howard M., Sultans, Shamans and Saints: Islam and Muslims in Southeast Asia, Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2007 (cheaper edition republished by Silkworm Books, Chiangmai, 2008)

Assumed Knowledge

This course assumes no prior knowledge of Islam or Southeast Asian politics, nor does is require any vernacular language skills.  All texts are in English and the assessment is based primarily on demonstrated knowledge of and ability to critically engage with the weekly readings.


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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
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