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Muslim Asia and U.S. Relations with the Muslim World

To broaden the debate and better inform policymakers of emerging trends and developments in Muslim Asia, NBR has sought to engage less visible issues related to Islam and Muslim societies in Asia. These studies have found that there are many and varied roles of Islam in the region that go far beyond the actions of a radical fringe. Further, while Islam continues to play a central role in the historical, political, ideological, and social evolution of Muslim Asian countries, there are also broad global, political, economic, and cultural trends that are influencing developments in these Muslim societies. It is on these less-studied yet no less critical issues affecting Muslim Asia that NBR has often trained its analytical resources.

Muslim Asia and U.S. Relations with the Muslim World is one of the core research areas addressed by the Muslim Asia Initiative.


For more information, please contact:

Mahin Karim
Senior Associate, Political and Security Affairs

Muslim Asia Initiative brochure
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Who Speaks for Islam? Muslim Grassroots Leaders and Popular Preachers in South Asia

In this NBR Special Report (February 2010), Mumtaz Ahmad, Dietrich Reetz, and Thomas H. Johnson examine the evolving social and political roles of traditional and nontraditional Muslim religious figures and leaders in Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan.

Transnational Islam in South and Southeast Asia

An international team of experts assessed transnational Islam as it manifests in Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand to explore the landscape of transnational Islam in South and Southeast Asia and examine the implications for these regions’ sociopolitical futures.

Islamic Education in Asia

In an effort to better understand the changing role of Islamic education in politics and society, NBR assembled an international team of experts to examine the state of Islamic education in eight Asian nations with large minority or majority Muslim populations.

Aspects of Islamism in South and Southeast Asia

NBR Analysis 19.4 (August 2008) features essays by Joseph Liow, Animesh Roul, and Robert Hefner assessing emerging Islamist trends in Muslim South and Southeast Asia, and the policy implications for the United States.

Approaches to "Moderate" Islam in Asia

A team of experts explored various manifestations of Islam across Eurasia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia and assessed the policy implications.

Islam in Japan

This study provided a baseline assessment of the presence and role of Islam in modern Japan, and explored the long-term social and national security implications of Islam in Japan, both for Japan and the United States.

Islamic Finance Conference

Islamic finance offers an appealing alternative to conventional mechanisms of financial investment and asset management. Representatives from government, law, financial institutions, asset management groups, and academia came together for the NBR conference “Islamic Finance in Southeast Asia: Local Practice, Global Impact” at Georgetown University on October 18, 2007.

U.S. Engagement with Muslim Asia since September 11, 2001

In commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, NBR hosted a private discussion workshop in November 2006 to assess U.S. engagement with Muslim Asia since 2001.

Islamic Leaders in Uzbekistan

The inaugural issue of NBR’s Asia Policy journal (January 2006) features an essay by Eric M. McGlinchey examining the degree to which Uzbekistan’s Islamic elite are loyal to the Uzbek government.

Trends in Secular Educational Development in Azerbaijan and Central Asia

NBR Analysis 15.5 (December 2004) features an essay by Mark S. Johnson highlighting the implications of trends in secular education in Azerbaijan and Central Asia for social stability and security in the region.

Generational Change and Leadership Succession in Uzbekistan

This 2006 conference in Washington D.C. explored generational differences in Uzbekistan, their potential impact on political succession, and the attendant implications for U.S. policy toward Uzbekistan.