Indonesia, Islam, and the International Political Economy: Clash or Cooperation?, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Indonesia, Islam, and the International Political Economy

Clash or Cooperation?, 1st Edition

By Mark S. Williams


156 pages | 27 B/W Illus.

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The Republic of Indonesia is a rising great power in the Asia-Pacific, set to become the eighth largest economy in the world in the coming decades. It is the most populous Muslim majority country in the world. The largest Islamic organizations and parties have supported Indonesia’s participation with global markets, but this has not come from an ideological support for capitalism or economic liberalization. Islamic political culture has denounced the injustices caused by global capitalism and its excesses. In fact, support for Indonesia’s engagement with the international political economy is born from political pragmatism, and from Indonesia’s struggles to achieve economic development.

This book examines the role of Islamic identity in Indonesia’s foreign economic relations and in its engagement with the world order. There is no single expression of Islam in Indonesia, the politics espoused by Islamic parties and organizations are far from monolithic. Islamic sentiment has been invoked by the state to justify heinous acts of brutality, as well as by violent, subnational revolutionary groups. However, these expressions of Islam have deviated from the dominant narrative, which is in favour of international cooperation and economic development. Economic exploitation, political alienation, financial volatility, and aggression toward Muslims around the world that has caused some Islamic groups to radicalize. The political culture of Islam in Indonesia is a social force that is helping to foster a peaceful rise for Indonesia. However, a peaceful expression of Islam is not inevitable for the republic, nor can it be assumed that Islamic identity in Indonesia will unwaveringly support the global economic order, regardless of what might occur in global politics.

Table of Contents

List of Figures


1. Introduction

2. Chapter 1: The Religious Turn of IR and the Ongoing Silence of IPE

3. Chapter 2: Islamic Revival, Colonial Oppression

4. Chapter 3: The Islamic Ethic of Cooperation and the Politics of Exclusion

5. Chapter 4: The Orde Baru: The Uses and Abuses of Islam

6. Chapter 5: Reformasi dan Demokrasi: Islam as “Identity Politics,” Not “Practical Politics”

7. Chapter 6: Contested Islam: Pragmatists, Revolutionaries, and the State


About the Author

Mark S. Williams is Professor of Political Studies at Vancouver Island University, Canada

About the Series

Routledge Studies on Islam and Muslims in Southeast Asia

This series aims to publish original and cutting-edge contributions from scholars in religious studies, sociology, political science, history, anthropology, economics, psychology, geography and other related disciplines to provide new perspectives on the historical, comparative, and theoretical study of Islam and Muslims in Southeast Asia from the early modern period to the present. Works that are published in the series would fill the gaps in the existing literature, other than offering new conceptual and methodological approaches to studying Islam and Muslims in Southeast Asia. The series gives much emphasis on works that are both reflexive and empirical, written by both junior and senior scholars in the field.

Series editors:

Dr. Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied [email protected]

Dr Kamaludeen Mohamed Nasir [email protected]


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies