Proper Islamic Consumption

Shopping among the Malays in Modern Malaysia

by Johan Fischer

280 pp., 29 illustrations
NIAS Monographs # 113
Available from NIAS Press worldwide

Hardback - 2009, Available
ISBN 978 87 7694 031 7, £40.00
Paperback - 2009, Available
ISBN 978 87 7694 032 4, £17.99

The West has seen the rise of the organic movement. In the Muslim world, a similar halal movement is rapidly spreading. Exploring consumption practices in urban Malaysia, this book shows how diverse forms of Malay middle-class consumption (of food, clothing and cars, for example) are understood, practised and contested as a particular mode of modern Islamic practice.

The book illustrates ways in which the issue of ‘proper Islamic consumption’ for consumers, the marketplace and the state in contemporary Malaysia evokes a whole range of contradictory Islamic visions, lifestyles and debates articulating what Islam is or ought to be. Its rich empirical material on everyday consumption in a local context will reinvigorate theoretical discussions about the nature of religion, ritual, the sacred and capitalism in the new millennium.

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