Islamophobia and Islamic Politics: A Discussion About Southeast Asia

Religion is both a covert and an overt force in politics, particularly in Southeast Asia where there are 240 million Muslims in the region. Unlike other driving forces, such as economics, it can be challenging for those outside the community to fully understand how sentiment within the local community is evolving and how those developments influence leaders and policymakers. Yet, appreciating the evolution of Islam in the region is key to gaining deeper insight on regional politics as a whole. A lack of understanding can also create blind spots: the terror attacks in Christchurch are a sober reminder that no country can afford to be complacent about violent extremism from all sides.

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Yishan Lam