Modern Trends in Islamic Theological Discourse in 20th Century Indonesia: A Critical Survey

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Aiming to trace the development of Islamic theological discourse in Indonesia from the early 1900s to the end of the 20th century, the author focusses on how modernist Muslims have constructed their theological thought throughout the century, which, in turn, reflects their religious understanding in response to the particular demands of their age. The theological thought constructed so far signifies a continuum of progress, developing from one stage to the next. Implicitly, this progress also indicates the improvement of Indonesian Muslims’ understanding of their own religion, which may suggest the betterment of their commitment to doctrinal beliefs and religious practices. Therefore, this study will also examine the ways in which Indonesian Islam noticeably grows more orthodox through these forms of religious commitment. Drawing upon an Indonesian term, the growth of orthodox Islam is known as the santri cultural expansion, which has been characterized by the vertical and horizontal mobility of devout Muslims in political, cultural and economic enterprises. A discussion of the theological thought underlying that santri cultural expansion is also included.

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Saleh (State Institute of Islamic Studies, Indonesia) describes the development of Islamic theology over the course of a century in Indonesia. The heavy influence of Indonesian animism that was a large part of Indonesian Islam in the early part of the 20th century was swept away by the tides of political independence movements, the Westernization of the economy, and efforts by Islamic organizations to connect Indonesian theology to the greater Islamic world. Saleh explores the thinking of various Islamic theologians as evidenced in their writings and connects them to the wider historical forces interacting with Indonesian society. Originally presented as a PhD dissertation at McGill University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Fauzan Saleh Ph.D. (2000) in Islamic Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, is al lecturer at the Graduate Studies, State Institute of Islamic Studies at Surabaya and Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He wrote a number of articles for journals and books edited by other scholars, including "Attempts to sustain orthodoxy: An Islamic theological discourse in contemporary Indonesia"
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Table of Contents

Notes on Transliteration
Acknowledgements
Preface
Introduction 1
Ch. I Islam in Indonesia Prior to the Advance of the Reform Movement 17
A General Considerations 17
B The Attitude toward "Purc" Islamic Religious Belief and Practice 24
C The Dutch Authorities and the Spread of Islam 29
D Retrospective 39
Ch. II Redefining Islamic Orthodoxy in the Indonesian Context 46
A Islamic Orthodoxy: An Overview 46
B Sunnism as Orthodox Islam 61
C Orthodox Islam in Indonesia: Attachment to Sunnism 67
D The Muhammadiyah and the Ahl al-Sunnah 75
E NU and Muhammadiyah: Some Mutual Criticisms 85
F The Ahl al-Sunnah: Another Perspective 91
G Islamic Orthodoxy in Indonesia: Santri versus Abangan 96
Ch. III Reconstructing a Theological Discourse: The Reformist Attempts to Sustain Orthodox Beliefs 105
A The Pillars of Belief in the Muhammadiyah 109
B K. H. Mas Mansoer: Purifying Muslims' Belief 120
C Persatuan Islam: The Fundamental Beliefs 136
D The Belief in al-Qada and al-Qadar. A New Development 154
E Social Dimension of Tawhid: A Further Development 175
Ch. IV The Current Islamic Theological Discourse: Mu'tazilism and Neo-Modernism 196
A Harun Nasution: Toward Islamic Rationalism 197
B Nurcholish Madjid: Cultural Islam 240
Conclusion 308
Bibliography 310
Index 333
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