Johan Fischer, Associate Professor, The Department of Society and Globalisation, Roskilde University

Global halal zones: Islam, regulation and technoscience

Halal (literally, ‘permissible’ or ‘lawful’) production, trade, and regulation have become essential to state-regulated Islam and to companies in contemporary Malaysia and Singapore, but also globally. In the rapidly expanding global market for halal products these two countries hold a special position, that is, they are the only two countries in the world where state bodies certify halal products as well as spaces (shops, factories and restaurants) and work processes. In shops around the world, consumers can find state halal-certified products from Malaysia and Singapore. Building on ethnographic material from Malaysia and Singapore, this paper provides an exploration of the role of halal production, trade and regulation. I use ‘zones’ to explain how the global markets for halal comprise divergent zones in which Islam, markets, regulatory institutions and technoscience interact and diverge.

Johan Fischer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Society and Globalization, Roskilde University, Denmark. His work focuses on modern Islam and consumer culture in Southeast Asia and Europe. More specifically, Johan explores the interfaces between class, consumption, market relations, Islam, and the state in a globalized world. A central focus in this research is the theoretical and empirical focus on the proliferation of halal commodities on a global scale. He is the author of Proper Islamic Consumption: Shopping among the Malays in Modern Malaysia (NIAS Press 2008), The Halal Frontier: Muslim Consumers in a Globalized Market (Palgrave Macmillan 2011) and the edited volume Halal Matters: Islam, Politics and Markets in Global Perspective (Routledge 2015) as well as numerous articles in journals and edited volumes.

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