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Indonesia & Malaysia: Sharia’s forward march

The version of Islam found in the Muslim majority countries of Southeast Asia – Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei – has long been regarded as a more moderate face of the religion.

Professor Peter Riddell, Vice Principal of the Melbourne School of Theology and Senior Fellow of Kairos Journal

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Jakarta, capital of Indonesia| photo: iStock

Indeed, when these countries gained independence from their colonial rulers after the Second World War, political systems and social structures were shaped to more resemble Western democratic models than the more self-consciously Islamic systems of the Middle East.