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Ethnographic Encounters with Muslims in Taiwan: Exploration of their Religious Scenes and Experiences

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Title: Ethnographic Encounters with Muslims in Taiwan: Exploration of their Religious Scenes and Experiences
Authors: Abe, Satoshi
Issue Date: 18-Mar-2019
Publisher: 長崎大学多文化社会学部 / School of Global Humanities and Social Sciences, Nagasaki University
Citation: 多文化社会研究, 5, pp.239-247; 2019
Abstract: Recently, the Taiwanese government launched a landmark initiative called the New Southbound Policy to significantly extend its economic and cultural ties to Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Australia. Along with the New Southbound Policy, Taiwan seeks to forge both a national identity and a sense of cohesion by fostering multiculturalism, through which they promote the recognition of different cultural traditions and heritages, including those of migrants. To put it succinctly, Taiwan is increasingly opening its doors to foreign countries in order to sustain itself both economically and culturally. As a result, growing numbers of migrants are moving to Taiwan, especially from Southeast Asian countries, mostly notably Indonesia, a country known to have the largest Muslim population in the world. This paper highlights some aspects of the religious development of Islam in the city of Kaohsiung with contributions from both locals and Indonesians by presenting the life stories and experiences of Muslims that I encountered during fieldwork. In doing so, this paper attempts to convey to the reader the religious sentiments through which these individuals experience their everyday lives in Kaohsiung.
Keywords: Islam / Migrants / Globalization / Taiwan (Kaohsiung) / Anthropology
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10069/38917
ISSN: 21891486
Type: Departmental Bulletin Paper
Text Version: publisher
Appears in Collections:Volume 5

Citable URI : http://hdl.handle.net/10069/38917

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