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Muhamad Ali

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474409209

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474409209.001.0001

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Controlling Politics and Bureaucratising Religion

Controlling Politics and Bureaucratising Religion

(p.137) IV Controlling Politics and Bureaucratising Religion
Islam and Colonialism

Muhamad Ali

Edinburgh University Press

It examines the ways in which colonial government distinguished private from public matters and modern from traditional government, allowing religious or cultural practices to continue while controlling political activities and managing the secular, public domain. The Dutch intervened more than the British in overseeing Muslim practices and political parties, but they left the content of belief and ritual to the Muslims. The British claimed a policy of non-interference in Malay religion and culture, but intervened when necessary to maintain Malay privileges.

Keywords:   Bureaucratising, Volksraad (People’s Council), Hadat Council, Hajj (Pilgrimage), Pan-Islamism, Government, State Council

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