Religion, Public Policy and Social Transformation in Southeast Asia: Managing Religious Diversity Vol. 1
This book series is part of a nine-country collaborative research program entitled “Religion, Public Policy and Social Transformation in Southeast Asia” (2013-2016), which involves Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar and the United States of America. The three-year program was developed and led by the Yogyakarta-based Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS), and supported by the Henry Luce Foundation based in New York. The three-part book series deals with religion and its interface with the state and society in Southeast Asia. It examines the multidimensional facets of politics, public policy and social change in relation to contemporary faith-based communities and movements together with their complex religious thoughts, praxes and ethos.
All articles in this book series are therefore a result of what one might call policy-relevant research, conducted by investigators from the nine countries. The issues under examination in this book series include: state management of diversity, multiculturalism, socio-religious change and activism, state-society relations, shifting notions of gender, identity and ethnicity, cyber religion and many more, all of which are contextualized within the contemporary society of Southeast Asia.
There are at least three unique features in all the three book series. First, the breadth and coverage of the research will cover eight countries of Southeast Asia, a respectable number out of the ten official countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which would fulfil the basic requirements in research on representativeness. Second, the divergent contributors from various disciplinary backgrounds ensure a wide scope in analysis and rigor, possibly offering inter-, if not transdisciplinary methods of knowing. Third, the book series will expectedly shed light on how religion operates amid the often untidy process of policy making, which has traditionally been thought of as occupying a secular and mundane realm, dictated by the politics of the day and far removed from divine inspiration and spiritual intervention.
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