Muslim Societies in Asia and the Pacific (MSAP), an initiative of the School of Pacific and Asian Studies (SPAS) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM), serves as an educational resource center for information, literature, and dialogue on the diversity of Muslim societies and cultures that span the Asia and Pacific region. With majority of the world’s Muslim population (est. 60%) residing in Asia and the Pacific, MSAP responds to two overarching concerns: first, that Muslim societies in the region are insufficiently understood by many outside the region, and second, that in the present geopolitical climate popular accounts of Islam and Muslims have a tendency to antagonize, oversimplify, or be preoccupied by large-scale political tensions. As an emerging educational resource center MSAP seeks to lessen a sense of estrangement through the promotion of increased understanding and knowledge and by offering a discussion forum about Islam and Muslim communities in Asia and the Pacific. To this end, MSAP maintains a website, publishes a newsletter, employs social media and organizes events.
- MSAP - Muslim Societies in Asia and the Pacific