Countering utopianism: Alatas and the Muslim resurgence of the 1970s

Norshahril Saat*

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    Syed Hussein Alatas (1928-2007) was renowned for his contributions in the field of sociology, but little attention has been paid to his writings on Islam. This paper seeks to examine two of Alatas's works on Islam that were written in the 1970s, Islam dan Sosialisma (1976) and Kitz Dengan Islam (1979). In these works, he countered Utopian tendencies which emanated from the resurgence groups and promoted Islam based on universal principles, values, and reason. His analysis serves as a continuing critique of the thinking of certain quarters in Malay society today that promote the Islamisation of knowledge, systems, and institutions.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)105-125
    Number of pages21
    JournalRIMA: Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


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