Religious Conflict in Cities: the Case of Penang

Following fieldwork in George Town, Penang, Malaysia for his Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship, Professor Mick Dumper was invited to summarise his initial findings on religious diversity and conflict for the Penang Monthly – house journal of the think-tank, the Penang Institute.

Dumper’s main impression was that while the tradition of accommodating diversity has been a relative success in George Town, it is, nonetheless, a fragile flower which will need greater nurturing and defending in the future if it is to navigate the growing regional power of China and the emergence of an emboldened radical Muslim-Malay identity in the country.

For further details see:  “George Town’s Diversity Safeguards its Religious Harmony”, Penang Monthly, September 2017.

For more details on the wider Leverhule funded project click here.

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