Divine Inspirations: Music and Islam in Indonesia

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Divine Inspirations: Music and Islam in Indonesia brings together the work of 11 international scholars into an unprecedented volume focused on religion and performance in a nation celebrated for its extraordinary arts, religious diversity, and natural beauty. The resulting collection provides a panoramic view of Indonesia's Islamic arts in a variety of settings and communities. Together the authors address how history, politics, spirituality, and gender are expressed through performance and how Indonesian Islamic culture intersects with the ideology and practice of nationalism.

Unique and engaging, Divine Inspirations will fascinate readers interested in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Islam, world religions, global discourse, and music, arts and ritual.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Absolutely essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the complex diversity of music in Indonesia today." —Prof. R. Anderson Sutton, School of Music, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Divine Inspirations illustrates and confounds the perennially contested line between religion and culture in Islam. This pioneering volume reanimates Islamic studies in Indonesia and beyond by revealing the many performative paths to the divine." —Engseng Ho, author of The Graves of Tarim: Genealogy and Mobility across the Indian Ocean

"The influence of Islam on the arts has long been overlooked in Western studies of contemporary Indonesia. This timely and original book changes that entirely. It will become the standard for the study of the arts in Indonesia and a model for similar studies in the broader Muslim world." —Robert Hefner, Director, Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs, Boston University

"[A] groundbreaking volume...Extremely successful in its aims and will be very well received within the circles of Southeast Asian studies and ethnomusicology." —Indonesia

"Essential reading for anyone studying Islam or music in Indonesia, for individuals seeking to understand the diversity of Islamic practices throughout the world, and for those interested in how arts interact with and actively shape the expression of Islam...[with] increasing academic agendas, budgets, and numbers of faculty lines devoted to the study of Islam, Divine Inspirations offers a timely ethnomusicological contribution to this project. —Ethnomusicology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195385410
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/9/2011
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

David Harnish is Professor of Ethnomusicology at Bowling Green State University. He is author of Bridges to the Ancestors: Music, Myth and Cultural Politics at an Indonesian Festival (2006) and has recorded and/or performed Indonesian, jazz, Indian and Tejano musics with five different labels.

Anne K. Rasmussen is Associate Professor at The College of William and Mary, where she also directs a Middle Eastern Music Ensemble. She is the author of Women, the Recited Qur'an, and Islamic Music in Indonesia (2010), co-editor of Musics of Multicultural America (1997), a former Fulbright senior scholar, and Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center Research Fellow

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Table of Contents

About the Companion Website
List of Illustrations
Notes on Contributors

Introduction: The World of Islam in the Music of Indonesia
David Harnish, Anne Rasmussen

Part I Tensions, Change, and Problematic Histories

1 Past and Present Issues of Islam within the Central Javanese
Gamelan and Wayang Kulit

2 Tensions between Adat (Custom) and Agama (Religion) in the
Music of Lombok
David Harnish

Part II Mysticism and Devotionalism

3 "The Muslim Sisterhood": Transnational Feminism(s) and the
Work of Indonesian Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Anne Rasmussen

4 Brai in Performance: Devotion and Art in Java
Matthew Isaac Cohen

5 Self-Defense and Music in Muslim Contexts in West Java
Uwe U. Pätzold

Part III Global Currents and Discourse

6 From "Dust" to Platinum: Global Currents Through the Malay
World of Musical Islam
Charles Capwell

7 "Authentic" Islamic Sound? Orkes Gambus Music, the Arab
Idiom and Sonic Symbols in Indonesian Islamic Musical Arts
Birgit Berg

8 The Discourse on Islam and Music in West Java, with Emphasis on the Music Group, ath-Thawaf
Wim van Zanten

Part IV Contemporary Performative Worlds

9 "Art with a Muslim Theme" and "Art with a Muslim Flavor"
among Women of West Aceh
Margaret Kartomi

10 Islam, Politics, and the Dynamic of Contemporary Music in
R. Franki Notosudirdjo

11 Morality and its (Dis)contents: Dangdut and Islam in Indonesia
Andrew Weintraub

Judith Becker



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