Muslim Piety as Economy: Markets, Meaning and Morality in Malaysia

Professor Johan Fischer, Roskilde University, Denmark
Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Over the past half century, Muslim Southeast Asia has emerged as a dynamic site of significant and diverse reconfigurations of Islam and the economy.  In Malaysia in particular, the production of a Muslim piety has framed a new model of economy in relation to diverse projects of religious, social, and economic reform including Qur’anically inspired anti-corruption campaigns, ‘halal consumerism’, and developments in Islamic finance. In this talk Professor Fischer presents an overview of his current and previous work on Islam and economy in Malaysia across multiple scales from the state and the market to religious organisations and individual consumers.

Johan Fischer is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University, Denmark. His work focuses on modern religion and markets, exploring interfaces between class, consumption, market relations, religion and the state in a globalized world. He is the author of several books including The Halal Frontier: Muslim Consumers in a Globalized Market (Palgrave Macmillan 2011), and Muslim Piety as Economy: Markets, Meaning and Morality in Southeast Asia (Routledge 2019).

(Seminars start at 5.00 p.m.)