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Multidimensional analysis of Malaysia relationship with the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Abu–Hussin, Mohd. Fauzi and Idris, Asmady and Salleh, Mohd. Afandi (2015) Multidimensional analysis of Malaysia relationship with the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In: Re-Locating Middle East Studies: New Geographies of Discourse, 16-18 Jun, 2015, United Arab Emirates.

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is regarded as one of Malaysia’s most important partners in the Middle East in addition to Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Whereas Saudi Arabia is significant for its religious center and Egypt is well known for its al-Azhar University, the UAE is becoming more visible for its contribution towards the Malaysian economy. Despite the fact that the religious affiliation of these countries is always associated with their closed attitudes toward engagement, other factors could also contribute to the relationship. This study examines several determinant factors responsible for the paradigm shift in Malaysia’s engagement with the Sheikhdom. It endeavors to evaluate multidimensional roles played by various Malaysian actors in capturing their interest in the Emirates. This assessment also aims to identify viable means for mutual cooperation and benefit with the UAE. Although the current relationship between Malaysia and the UAE appears to be aimed at reaping economic benefits, religious values also constitute an important foundation for the relationship. The role of non-state actors has also contributed to Malaysia’s interest in gaining the UAE’s financial support. This paper recommends a future direction for engagement between Malaysia and the UAE.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:international relations, religion
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions:Islamic Civilisation
ID Code:61599
Deposited By: Fazli Masari
Deposited On:26 Apr 2017 03:54
Last Modified:26 Apr 2017 03:54

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