Muslims in a Global Context

Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Philippines

Friday, November 15, 2013 - Sunday, November 17, 2013

Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Philippines

This resource is part of a series organized by regions around the world based on their role on the world stage, their importance within the Muslim world, and the critical influence they play in the global community. The series seeks to illuminate the various perspectives of the Muslim community around the world. Drawing upon the expertise and research of participating faculty from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh and our partners at institutions around the world, the mini course series seeks to have students gain understanding of the religious, culture, economics and political influences of Muslims in a global context.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the course, students will gain an understanding of history, governance, economics, law, gender education and political dimensions of the peoples and regions focused for each resource.


Engaging the Muslim World - Cole, Juan, St, Martens Press (2009). This book is available at the University of Pittsburgh's Bookstore and Carnegie Mellon's Bookstore


The Muslims in the Global Context series offers the opportunity to examine the factors and trends that are having major impacts on these diverse regions and their relationships with other world regions and countries. The mini-courses consist of presentations on topics of critical importance to the understanding of Muslims in diverse regions of the world. In addition to attendance at all lectures, students enrolled for credit are required to develop and write a research paper on one of the themes of the mini-course and answer reflection prompts during the course. One- credit/ 3 units for CMU students is provided for the completion of each mini-course.

Sponsored by: University of Pittsburgh's Global Studies Center and Political Science Department and Carnegie Mellon University's Office of the Provost and Division of Student Affairs


Historical Overview of the Region

Azlan Tajuddin, Associate Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department, La Roche College

Reccomended Readings:

  1. Tajuddin, A. 2012. "Malaysia in the World Economy (1824-2011): Capitalism, Ethnic Divisions, and Managed Democracy." Lexington Books; Lanham, MD. pp 55-82.
  2. Osborne, M. 2004. "Southeast Asia: An introductory history." St. Leonards, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin. pp 1-39.
  3. Osborne, M. 2004. "Southeast Asia: An introductory history." St. Leonards, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin. pp 129-154.

Views from the East and West & Economics of the Region

Siddharth Chandra, Professor and Director of the Asian Studies Center at Michigan State University

PowerPoint Presentation: Views from East and West

Reccomended Readings:

     Session 1: Views from East and West

  1. The Pew Report
  2. Responses to the Pew Report (The Jakarta Globe & USA Today)

     Session 2: Economics of the Region

  1. Southeast Asian Economic Outlook 2013
  2. The archipelago economy: Unleashing Indonesia's potential

  3. Myanmar’s moment: Unique opportunities, major challenges

  4. The Philippines offshoring opportunity

  5. The New Economic Policy and Interethnic Relations in Malaysia

  6. World Bank data by country: Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines

Muslim Majority and Minority Politics: Indonesia and Burma

Julie Chernov Hwang, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Goucher College

PowerPoint Presentation: Muslim Majority and Minority Politics: Indonesia and Burma

  1. The Disengagement of Jihadis in Poso, Indonesia

  2. Hwang, J. 2013. "Islamic ID, Yes, Islamist Parties, NO: The Mainstreaming of Political Islam and Its Challenge for Islamist Parties." The Multicultural Dilemma: Migration, Ethnic Politics, and State Intermediation, ed. M. Williams. New York: Routledge.
  3. Terrorism in Perspective: An Assessment of 'Jihad Project' Trends in Indonesia
  4. Turning Away From Terror
  5. When Parties Swing: Islamist Parties and Institutional Moderation in Malaysia and Indonesia


  1. Saiful Mujani and R. William Liddle, “Indonesia’s Approaching Elections: Politics, Islam and Public Opinion.” Journal of Democracy. Vol 15. No. 1 (January 2004). P109-122 
  2. Saiful Mujani and R. William Liddle, “Personalities, Parties and Voters.” Journal of Democracy. 21:2 (2010)
  3. Greg Barton, “Islam and Democratic Transition in Indonesia.” In Deborah Brown and T.J. Chen (eds) Religious Organizations and Democracy in Contemporary Asia, New Jersey: M.E.Sharpe, 2006. P1-13
  4. “Islam in Indonesia:  Where Soft Islam is on the March.” Economist Jan 10, 2008
  5. Greg Fealy, “Indonesia’s Islamist Parties in Decline” Inside Story. May 11, 2009.
  6. Kikue Hamayotsu, “The End of Political Islam: A Comparative Analysis of Religious Parties in the Muslim Democracy of Indonesia.”Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs. 2011
  7. Marcus Mietzner, “Indonesia’s 2009 Elections: Populism, Dynasties, and the Consolidation of the Party System.” Lowy Institute Paper. May 2009
  8. Robin Bush, “Regional Sharia Regulations in Indonesia: Anomaly or Symptom.” In Expressing Islam Eds. Greg Fealy and Sally White. Singapore: ISEAS. 2009.
  9. Julie Chernov Hwang, “Terrorism in Perspective: An Assessment of Jihad Project Trends in Indonesia. Asia Pacific Issues, p1-10
  10. Quinton Temby, “Imagining an Islamic State in Indonesia: From Darul Islam to Jemaah Islamiyah.” Indonesia. 89 (April 2010). P1-36
  11. Julie Chernov Hwang, Ihsan Ali Fauzi and Rizal Panggabean, “When We Were Separated, We Began to Think for Ourselves Again,” Asian Survey. July/August 2013

Burma- Rohingya Minority

  1. Human Rights Watch, “All You Can Do Is Pray: Crimes Against Humanity and the Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Burma’s Arakan State.” Report.  April 22,  2013
  2. Human Rights Watch, “Burma: New Violence in the Arakan State.” October 27, 2012

Achieving food and nutrition security to fight against double burden of malnutrition in Indonesia

Elviyanti Martini, United Nations World Food Programme

PowerPoint Presentation: Acheiving Food & Nutrient Security to Fight Against Double Burden of Malnutrition in Indonesia 

Reccomended Readings:

  1. Cost of the Diet (CoD) tool: first results from Indonesia and applications for policy discussion on food and nutrition security.
  2. The double burden of malnutrition: a review of global evidence.

  3. Key strategies to further reduce stunting in Southeast Asia: Lessons from the ASEAN countries workshop.

Islam in Indonesia: A Global Religion in a Modern Nation-State & Playboy Magazine and the Politics of Popular Islam in Indonesia 

James Hoesterey, Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, Emory University

PowerPoint Presentations:

  1. Islam in Indonesia: Global Religion in a Modern Nation-State
  2. Playboy Magazine and the Politics of Popular Culture in Indonesia

Reccomended Readings:

  1. Burhanuddin, J. (2013). Islam in Indonesia contrasting images and interpretations (pp. 1-74). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
  2. Allen, Pamela “Challenging Diversity? Indonesia’s Anti-pornography Bill”. Asian Studies 
    Review 31:2 (101-115).
  3.  Buehler, Michael. “The rise of shari’a by-laws in Indonesian districts: an indication for 

    changing patterns of power accumulation and political corruption.” South East Asia 
    Research. 16:2, 255-285.
  4. Hoesterey, James B. 2008. “Marketing Morality: The Rise, Fall, and Re-branding of Aa 
    Gym” In Expressing Islam: Religious Life and Politics in Indonesia, eds. Greg Fealy and Sally 

    White. Singapore: Institute for Southeast Asian Studies. 

Ethnicity and the Decentralization of Terrorism in Southeast Asia

Alphonse F. La Porta, President of the Malaysia-America Foundation, Former U.S. Ambassador

PowerPoint Presentation: Map Presentation (Outline here)

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