Islam and Capitalism in Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia at EuroSEAS conference

Paper proposals for the panel at the upcoming EuroSEAS conference, 10-13 September 2019

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  • Was Call For PapersIslam and Capitalism in Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia at EuroSEAS conference
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Since the 1980s, capitalist processes in Asia have been occurring which are characterized byentanglements of spiritual economies, neoliberal piety and economic modernization. Malaysia hasplaced itself into the center of these dynamics in the 2000s by, as a “halal hub,” setting worldwidestandards for different economic spheres according to syariah law (halal economy). With so calledIslamic Tourism, halal cosmetic and fashion products and particularly with a halal-certificationsystem,Malaysia has complemented the “spiritual center of Islam”– Mecca and Medina – with aneconomic Islamic center. Initiatives and corporate bodies in Singapore and Indonesia follow thesedynamics: Singapore’s strategic location serves as a significant factor for the potential growth of itshalal industry and Indonesia with the largest Muslim population in the world has, in turn, the largestpotential for halal consumption. This panel invites presentations that deal with the rising Islamiceconomies in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia and its complex negotiation processes betweenreligious and economic spheres. On an empirical level it can be analyzed how production andconsumption of halal products are related to one another; how social actors consume these productsand how the halal industry influences mobility as well as concepts and practices of gender, class,religion and ethnicity. On a theoretical level, papers can address interlinkages between the evolvement of spiritual economies and nation state building; transformations in understandings of“halal” and “haram” or the role of morality and spirituality as part of these processes.

Submission:If you are interested, please send your paper abstracts of not more than 250 words and a briefbiosketch to 15 May 2019


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Viola Thimm

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