State “Salafism” in Malaysia: Development of the “Sunnah” reform ideology in Perlis, Malaysia

  • Maszlee Malik
Keywords: Islah, Kaum Muda, Malaya, religious reform, Sunnah Perlis, Salafism


Since the arrival of Islam in Tanah Mela yu or Malaya,, traditionalist scholars have dominated the Islamic discourse through their close relation with the rulers (SSultans)).. Their domination over religious authorities and Islamic educational institutions has shaped the state - version of Islam in Mal aysia.. However,, in Perlis,, the northernmost state in Malaysia,, Middle - Eastern graduate reformists,, also known as Kaum Muda were preaching the earliest version of Salafism in the early 20 th century.. They found political patronage from the ruler of the state , hence imposing their version of Islamic teachings as the prevailing Islamic discourse of the state,, which is also known until today as the “SSunnah Perlis”” teachings.. The widely presumptuous masses and researchers pointed that the dominating influence of the reform agenda or “SSunnah”” in the state of Perlis was due to the state authority‟‟ss patronage based on historical facts that the “SSunnah”” itself first emerged in Perlis in the early 20 th century by the blessings of the then ruler..

How to Cite
Malik, M. (2018). State “Salafism” in Malaysia: Development of the “Sunnah” reform ideology in Perlis, Malaysia. International Journal of Islamic Thoughts (IJITs), 6(1). Retrieved from