Beyond religious affinity

Malaysia's relations with countries in the Arab Gulf

Mohd Fauzi Abu-Hussin, Mohd Afandi Salleh, Badlihisham Mohd Nasir

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Abstract: Economic and political changes at the global level have simultaneously shifted Malaysia's interests in the Arab Gulf countries. The economic liberalisation and transformation agenda that emerged in these economies are argued to be contributing factors to Malaysia's interest in expanding its economic relationships with the countries. Although the current cooperation between Malaysia and the Arab Gulf countries is aimed at reaping economic benefits, religious values also constitute an important foundation for these relationships. This article seeks to understand why politics, economics and religion remain the key drivers in determining Malaysia's relations with the Arab Gulf countries. The paper also suggests a future direction for engagement between Malaysia and Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)461-482
Number of pages22
JournalPacific Review
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Aug 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Arab Gulf
  • international relations
  • Malaysia
  • political economy
  • religion

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  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Sociology and Political Science

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Beyond religious affinity : Malaysia's relations with countries in the Arab Gulf. / Abu-Hussin, Mohd Fauzi; Salleh, Mohd Afandi; Nasir, Badlihisham Mohd.

In: Pacific Review, Vol. 28, No. 4, 08.08.2015, p. 461-482.

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Abu-Hussin, Mohd Fauzi ; Salleh, Mohd Afandi ; Nasir, Badlihisham Mohd. / Beyond religious affinity : Malaysia's relations with countries in the Arab Gulf. In: Pacific Review. 2015 ; Vol. 28, No. 4. pp. 461-482.
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