Whether it is the multiplicity of festivals such as Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Chinese New Year, and Thaipusam or the variety of places of worship, the diversity of religious faiths and practices in Malaysia is apparent to even the casual observer. This volume provides a window to this diversity and displays how it has enriched Malaysia's pluralism and tempered the materialistic ethos of contemporary capitalist culture. The volume introduces the reader to the nation's major religions, as described by specialists and scholars, and highlights the extent to which religion has shaped the culture of the Malaysian people. It provides an in-depth examination of Islam, the religion of the Federation, as it is practised in Malaysia, as well as coverage of the other major faiths: Buddhism and the Chinese Religions, Hinduism, Christianity and Sikhism. The traditional animistic beliefs of the indigenous peoples of both the Malay Peninsula and Sabah and Sarawak are also covered.
Visit the The Encyclopedia of Malaysia website.
Professor Dr M. Kamal Hassan is Rector of the International Islamic University, Malaysia. He has held the Malaysian Chair of Islam in Southeast Asia at the Centre for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University, Washington D.C., and sits on the editorial boards of al-Tajid, Intellectual Discourse, and the American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences.
Dr Ghazali Basri is Director of the Institute for the Study of Islamic Sciences, and has served as the Chairman of Islamic Outreach (ABIM).
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