‘Forging New Malay Networks’: Imagining Global Halal Markets

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Abstract

This article explores Malaysia’s bid to become the world leader in rapidly expanding halal (literally, “lawful” or “permitted”) markets on a global scale through the embedding of a particular global Islamic imagination. The Malaysian state has become central to the certification, standardization, and bureaucratization of Malaysian halal production, trade, and consumption. The vision is now to export this model, and for that purpose the network as a strategic metaphor is being evoked to signify connectedness and prescriptions of organization visà- vis more deep-rooted networks. I argue that an imagined global halal network conditions the halal commodity form. This imagination is at least as important as halal commodities themselves for the emergence of a novel form of globalized halal capitalism.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFocaal - European Journal for Anthropology
Volume80
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)91-104
Number of pages14
ISSN0920-1297
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Mar 2018

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