Malaysia: Islam, Society and Politics

Malaysia: Islam, Society and Politics

Malaysia: Islam, Society and Politics

Malaysia: Islam, Society and Politics

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This collection of essays has been prepared as a tribute to Clive S. Kessler, Professor of Sociology at the University of New South Wales for over twenty years and former member of staff of the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London (1969–70), and Barnard College, Columbia University, New York (1970–80). He has been a visiting academic at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton; the Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin; the Institute for Malaysian and International Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia; and the Faculty of Asian Studies, The Australian National University. In the year 2000, the Australian Academy of the Social Sciences recognized his outstanding contributions to the disciplines of Anthropology and Sociology by electing him a Fellow.

The breadth of Professor Kessler’s research interests reflects his immense scholarship, and the depth of his published work is testimony to his intellectual engagement with the major works of Western critical theory. Historical anthropology, peasant societies, Islamic social theory, and the anthropology of Muslim societies, religious symbolism, social and sociological theory, comparative studies of the Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) and, more recently, globalization are all areas on which he has written. He has also published about Hannah . . .

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