The Makings of Indonesian Islam: Orientalism and the Narration of a Sufi Past

The Makings of Indonesian Islam: Orientalism and the Narration of a Sufi Past

by Michael Laffan
     
 

ISBN-10: 069114530X

ISBN-13: 9780691145303

Pub. Date: 08/28/2011

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Indonesian Islam is often portrayed as being intrinsically moderate by virtue of the role that mystical Sufism played in shaping its traditions. According to Western observers--from Dutch colonial administrators and orientalist scholars to modern anthropologists such as the late Clifford Geertz--Indonesia's peaceful interpretation of Islam has been perpetually

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Overview

Indonesian Islam is often portrayed as being intrinsically moderate by virtue of the role that mystical Sufism played in shaping its traditions. According to Western observers--from Dutch colonial administrators and orientalist scholars to modern anthropologists such as the late Clifford Geertz--Indonesia's peaceful interpretation of Islam has been perpetually under threat from outside by more violent, intolerant Islamic traditions that were originally imposed by conquering Arab armies.

The Makings of Indonesian Islam challenges this widely accepted narrative, offering a more balanced assessment of the intellectual and cultural history of the most populous Muslim nation on Earth. Michael Laffan traces how the popular image of Indonesian Islam was shaped by encounters between colonial Dutch scholars and reformist Islamic thinkers. He shows how Dutch religious preoccupations sometimes echoed Muslim concerns about the relationship between faith and the state, and how Dutch-Islamic discourse throughout the long centuries of European colonialism helped give rise to Indonesia's distinctive national and religious culture.

The Makings of Indonesian Islam presents Islamic and colonial history as an integrated whole, revealing the ways our understanding of Indonesian Islam, both past and present, came to be.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691145303
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2011
Series:
Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 2.49(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix Preface xi Acknowledgments xv Abbreviations and Archival Referents xvii

Part One: Inspiration, Rememoration, Reform 1
Chapter One: Remembering Islamization, 1300-1750 3
Chapter Two: Embracing a New Curriculum, 1750-1800 25
Chapter Three: Reform and the Widening Muslim Sphere, 1800-1890 40

Part Two: Power in Quest of Knowledge 65
Chapter Four: Foundational Visions of Indies Islam, 1600-1800 67
Chapter Five: New Regimes of Knowledge, 1800-1865 85
Chapter Six: Seeking the Counterweight Church, 1837-1889 101

Part Three: Orientalism Engaged 123
Chapter Seven: Distant Musings on a Crucial Colony, 1882-1888 125
Chapter Eight: Collaborative Encounters, 1889-1892 147
Chapter Nine: Shadow Muftis, Christian Modern, 1892-1906 162

Part Four: Sufi Pasts, Modern Futures 175
Chapter Ten: From Sufism to Salafism, 1905-1911 177
Chapter Eleven: Advisors to Indonesie, 1906-1919 190
Chapter Twelve: Hardenings and Partings, 1919-1942 209

Conclusion 233
Glossary 237
Notes 243
Index 287

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