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Anti-Semitism in Contemporary Malaysia

Malay Nationalism, Philosemitism and Pro-Israel Expressions

Authors: Ainslie, Mary J.

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  • Considers attitudes towards Israel, Palestine and Jews in Malaysia
  • Explores how political organisations invest in the Palestinian cause as a form of Malay Muslim identity
  • Provides a comprehensive historical account of anti Semitism in Malaysia
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Offering an empirical study into anti-Semitism and anti-Israel attitudes in Malaysia, this book examines the complicated nature and function of such beliefs within the contemporary context, mapping these discourses onto different ethnic and economic divisions. Based largely upon qualitative interviews with thirty Malaysian participants who detail their own experiences with and perceptions of this phenomenon, the project reveals how political actors and organizations in Malaysia achieve political success and maintain political power through investing in the Palestinian cause, simultaneously demonizing Israel and Jews to an astounding degree. However, the book also reveals how, in contrast to this state-led agenda, challenging anti-Semitism and pushing for dialogue with Israel has become a means by which progressive citizens can critique authorities and reassert their desire for a liberal and heterogenic Malaysia. The book therefore argues that both interest in and even support for Judaism and Israel may be more prominent than the official Malaysian position may suggest, with citizens holding far more complex opinions and views upon this subject matter.

About the authors

Mary J. Ainslie is Assistant Professor at the School of International Communications, University of Nottingham Ningbo Campus, China. Her research specializes in Southeast Asian culture and society and the intercultural links throughout this region. She is widely published and has won funding from the Korea Foundation, the Academy of Korean Studies and the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She was a visiting scholar at Chiang Mai University, Thailand in 2015 and at the University of East Finland in 2018.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction: Judaism and Anti-Semitism in Southeast Asia and Malaysia

    Pages 1-29

    Ainslie, Mary J.

  • Anti-Semitism As Morally Correct: Characterizing the Dominant Construction of Israel, Palestine and Jews in Malaysia

    Pages 31-63

    Ainslie, Mary J.

  • Understanding the Function of Anti-Semitism and the Israel/Palestine Situation in Malaysia

    Pages 65-106

    Ainslie, Mary J.

  • Questioning Anti-Semitism in Malaysia

    Pages 107-157

    Ainslie, Mary J.

  • Curiosity, Interest and Philosemitism

    Pages 159-195

    Ainslie, Mary J.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Anti-Semitism in Contemporary Malaysia
Book Subtitle
Malay Nationalism, Philosemitism and Pro-Israel Expressions
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-6013-8
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-6013-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-6012-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 209
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