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

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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.

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Michael Laffan is professor of history at Princeton University. He is the author of Islamic Nationhood and Colonial Indonesia: The Umma Below the Winds.
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Princeton University Press
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Aug 8, 2011
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Pages
328
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ISBN
9781400839995
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English
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History / Asia / General
History / General
Religion / Islam / General
Religion / Islam / History
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Agama Islam tidak dilahirkan di Indonesia, namun justru negara inilah yang memiliki penduduk muslim dengan jumlah terbesar di dunia. Bagaimanakah cara agama ini masuk dan berkembang di antara suku dan budaya yang beragam di nusantara? Fondasi pertanyaan ini kemudian menggerakkan Michael Laffan, Profesor Sejarah di Universitas Princenton, untuk meneliti proses tumbuh kembangnya Islam di Indonesia yang memiliki corak dan ciri khusus. Dari aneka ragam sumberdaya, Laffan mereka ulang sejarah interaksi dan diskusi ihwal Islam di Asia Tenggara, khususnya Indonesia.
 
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[Mizan, Bentang Pustaka, Bunyan, Islam, Sejarah, Budaya, Indonesia]

Michael Laffan
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