Lever, John and Hardaker, Glenn (2013) Re-imagining Malaysia: a postliberal halal strategy? In: "Vous avez dit halal ?" Normativités islamiques, mondialisation et sécularisation, 7th-8th November 2013, Paris, France. (Unpublished)

This paper examines the emergence of Malaysia as a leading player in the international halal market. Drawing on documentary research undertaken to augment findings from the EU funded Dialrel project, it examines the ongoing attempt to position Malaysia as a leading player in the international halal industry through new economic and social spatializations. Moving beyond a concern with nation building through halal consumption to a position targeting halal consumers in selected international locations, we argue that the Malaysian state is pursuing a ‘postliberal' halal strategy to maintain legitimacy by inserting new hegemonic claims into transnational space. Going beyond the idea of horizontally aligned networks of transnational power as the dominant framework for understanding socioeconomic change, we examine how Malaysia targets diverse groups of halal consumers through new economic and social alliances that cut across transnational space on the vertical plane. In conclusion, we discuss the significance of these developments for understandings of the continuing role of the state under transnational conditions.

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