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Among the more interesting research publications I’ve encountered is the Islamicity Index.

You can read a bit more about the authors and their intent here, but in summary the Index benchmarks to assess various countries compliance with the rules of Islam (measured as “Islamicity”) through the elements of economics, law & governance, human & political rights and international relations. Some further background is here.

So how do the countries of Southeast Asia (in red) compare with the top ten (in green) and selected Middle Eastern states (in blue) in adopting and practicing the philosophy and the rules of Islam?*

ISR

Country Rank Overall score
Netherlands 1 8.91
Sweden 2 8.87
Switzerland 3 8.78
New Zealand 4 8.73
Denmark 5 8.65
Finland 6 8.57
Norway 7 8.49
Luxembourg 8 8.48
Australia 9 8.44
Canada 10 8.44
Singapore 17 7.82
Qatar** 39 6.53
United Arab Emirates 40 6.43
Malaysia 43 6.36
Thailand 54 5.50
Philippines 58 5.41
Saudi Arabia 59 5.40
Oman 60 5.36
Indonesia 88 4.52
Vietnam 94 4.21
Lao PDR 102 3.97
Cambodia 118 3.49

Note that no results were provided for Myanmar or Brunei.

Finally and tellingly Malaysia appears to have adopted its own Islamicity index, reflecting its comparative earnestness and insecurity as a Muslim country.

*Note that updated figures are anticipated in December 2016.

** Qatar being the highest ranked Middle Eastern country.

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