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ABSTRACT. This is a critical essay looking at Islamic freedom within the ASEAN region. Almost 50% of ASEAN’s population are Muslims, but this essay postulates Islamic freedom is repressed within much of this grouping. Repressed Islamic freedom if one subscribes to Florida’s concepts of socially derived creativity will have a negative effect on social wisdom and innovation within the region, at a time when creative engagement with the rest of the world is necessary. Islamic repression is preventing a flexible interpretation of Islam which the author argues is necessary for ASEAN region to engage the rest of the world. pp. 82–97

Keywords: Islam; creativity; social wisdom; innovation; ASEAN; religious freedom

How to cite: Hunter, Murray (2014), “A Critical Essay on Islamic Freedom in ASEAN,” Contemporary Readings in Law and Social Justice 6(1): 82–97.

MURRAY HUNTER
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University Malaysia Perlis

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