Malay Muslims: The History and Challenge of Resurgent Islam in Southeast Asia

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Malay Muslims: The History and Challenge of Resurgent Islam in Southeast Asia. By Robert Day McAmis. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002. Pp. xii, 173. Paperback $20.

This book provides an introduction to the Malay Muslims in Southeast Asia, the largest ethnic Muslim community in the world. Writing as an experienced missionary with more than forty years' experience in the Philippines, Robert McAmis provides a history of the penetration of Islam, its influence, and the history of Christian-Muslim relations. Noteworthy is the attention given to the traditions and customs of the Malays. In recounting the recent Islamic resurgence, McAmis pleads for Christian-Muslim dialogue, understanding, and cooperation. The extensive bibliography (42 pages) is an excellent resource for further study.

There are some inaccuracies to note. The ruling coalition group is the National Front, not the National Party (p. 83). An war Ibrahim was charged in 1998, not 1999 (p. 87). After 1996 Canon Batumalai was no longer the dean of Seminari Theoloji Malaysia (p. …