Emerging Markets vs. Sharia Law

A specter is haunting southeast Asia -- the specter of sharia law.

Veiling the Asian Tigers.

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It’s easy to overlook Brunei, a country smaller than Delaware located on the north side of Borneo, population 412,000. But there’s a reason the kingdom’s neighbors recently started watching it closely. By embracing a stringent variant of Islam, the government of Brunei increasingly represents the region’s deepest anxieties about its own future.

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