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Malaysia
Religion, ethnicity, and politics are all profoundly intertwined in Malaysia, as the country’s complex ethno-religious dynamics have shaped its history. The introduction of...
Pakistan
The often-troubled relationship between religion and politics in Pakistan is the product of a complex history. Islam arrived in the Indian subcontinent in the eighth...

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Islamic Leviathan: Islam and the Making of State Power

January 1, 2001
In Islamic Leviathan, Vali Nasr explores how and under what conditions states use Islam to consolidate their hold on power. Focusing on the cases of Pakistan and Malaysia, he argues that these multi-ethnic post-colonial states came into being with a weak sense of national unity and an elite that had close ties to the colonial establishment. He identifies the 1970s as a key period, in which secular national ideologies began to fail, prompting their replacement by explicitly religious notions of the state and society over the next two decades.