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Houses in MotionThe Experience of Place and the Problem of Belief in Urban Malaysia$
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Richard Baxstrom

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804758918

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804758918.001.0001

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Ambivalent Encounters in the City

Ambivalent Encounters in the City

Islam, Hinduism, and Urban Governmentality

(p.176) 5. Ambivalent Encounters in the City
Houses in Motion
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This chapter discusses the different interventions conducted by civic actors and the Malaysian state. These interventions concerned a number of unregistered Hindu temples within Brickfields between the years 2000 and 2002. The chapter sets these interventions within the context of how state efforts to turn Islam into a central feature of Malaysian public life led to agency and recognition for these unregistered Hindu temples. The chapter focuses on the problem of belief in daily life, as it turns from the basic requirement of belief in the world to the unintentional consequences of clear acknowledgement of Islam as a legal basis for governance by the state of Malaysia.

Keywords:   interventions, civic actors, unregistered Hindu temples, Islam, agency, recognition, problem of belief

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