Voices of Islamic Authorities: Friday Khutba in Malaysian Mosques

Mohd. Al Adib Samuri, Peter Hopkins

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Abstract

Malaysia has been introducing Islamization policies since the 1980s and has used Friday khutbas (sermons) to convey government and religious authorities’ ideas and interpretations of Islam. We used content analysis of the texts of khutbas delivered in 2013 and 2014 in six states in Malaysia, all of which were obtained from those states’ Islamic authorities’ websites. This research found that weekly Friday khutbas have been used to announce the Islamic authorities’ commitment to safeguard the integrity of Sunni Islam, to monopolize the interpretation of Islam, to establish the collective mistreatment of minority Muslim groups and to promote the implementation of hudud law. Our analysis demonstrates that the control exercised by the government and religious authorities over mosques, covering aspects ranging from a mosque’s administration and appointment of the imam to the preparation of the khutba text has created an ideal opportunity for the government to influence the Muslim society’s understanding and stance on a variety of social, religious and political issues in a multi-ethnic community.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-67
Number of pages21
JournalIslam and Christian-Muslim Relations
Volume28
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2017

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Keywords

  • Friday khutba
  • Islamic authorities
  • Islamic law in Malaysia
  • Islamization
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  • Political Science and International Relations

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Voices of Islamic Authorities : Friday Khutba in Malaysian Mosques. / Samuri, Mohd. Al Adib; Hopkins, Peter.

In: Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Vol. 28, No. 1, 02.01.2017, p. 47-67.

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