Religion and Religiosity Tthe Philippines & Indonesia

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This comparative exploration looks at religion and politics in the social dynamics of Southeast Asia's two most populous nations. The Philippines and Indonesia are treated as one vast "Phil-Indo" archipelago. Eight leading scholars contribute interwoven and contending essays.

The authors find that while neither country promotes a state religion, both lack partitions between church and state. Social dynamics of faith in each elude constitutional restrictions. In the Philippines, ...

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Overview

This comparative exploration looks at religion and politics in the social dynamics of Southeast Asia's two most populous nations. The Philippines and Indonesia are treated as one vast "Phil-Indo" archipelago. Eight leading scholars contribute interwoven and contending essays.

The authors find that while neither country promotes a state religion, both lack partitions between church and state. Social dynamics of faith in each elude constitutional restrictions. In the Philippines, a Spanish tradition of an ecclesiastical state exists in tension with a Jeffersonian notion of separation of realms. In Indonesia, pre-Islamic concepts of a god-king fuse state and society, as modern initiatives surge from the premise of a prevailing Islamic community. Official religiosity pervades Indonesian national life, while Filipinos act out their private religiosity en masse, trying to overcome deficiencies in state and church.

The book includes 38 photographs, in color and black and white, with commentaries that further illustrate the themes of each chapter.

Contributors include Azyumardi Azra (University Islam Negeri, Indonesia), Jose M. Cruz (Ateneo de Manila University,The Philippines), Donald K. Emmerson (Institute for International Studies, Stanford University) Theodore Friend (Foreign Policy Research Institute), Robert W. Hefner (Institute for the Study of Economic Culture, Boston University),Vicente Leuterio Rafael (University of Washington), Jose Eliseao Rocamora (Institute for Popular Democracy,The Philippines) and David Joel Steinberg (Long Island University).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780977404209
  • Publisher: Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins U.-SAIS
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 132
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet the Author

Theodore Friend is a senior fellow with the Foreign Policy Research Institute, Philadelphia. He is president emeritus and trustee of the Eisenhower Fellowships, where he served as president (1984-96), and former president of Swarthmore College (1973-82). His most recent book is Indonesian Destinies (Harvard University Press, 2003).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword: One Archipelago, Two Major Religions by Theodore Friend
Chapter 1: Secularism Neutralized in the Malay World by David Joel Steinberg
Chapter 2: Radical and Mainstream Islam: New Dynamics in Indonesia by Azyumardi Azra
Chapter 3: A Time to Bulid, A Time to Tear Down: Religion, Society, and State in Contemporary Philippines by Jose M. Cruz, S.J.
Chapter 4: State, Society, and Secularity in Contemporary Indonesia by Robert W. Hefner
Chapter 5: Spectral Communities: Religiosity and Nationhood in the Contemporary Philippines by Vincente L. Rafael
Chapter 6: Reflections on Religion and Politics in the Philippines and Indonesia by Joel Rocamora
Chapter 7: One Nation Under God? History, Faith, and Identity in Indonesia by Donald K. Emmerson
Chapter 8: Highlights of Discussion
Chapter 9: Religion and Religiosity in Phil-Indo by Theodore Friend
About the Authors
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