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Author Laffan, Michael Francis, 1969- author.

Title The makings of Indonesian Islam : orientalism and the narration of a Sufi past / Michael Laffan.

Published Princeton ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, [2011]


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (xx, 301 pages) : illustrations, maps, portraits.
polychrome rdacc
Series Princeton studies in Muslim politics.
Princeton studies in Muslim politics.
WorldCat Holdings.
Books at JSTOR All Purchased.
Notes Includes glossary.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Part I. Inspiration, rememoration, reform. 1. Remembering islamization, 1300-1750 --- 2. Embracing a new curriculum, 1750-1830 --- 3. Reform and the widening Muslim sphere, 1830-1890 ---- Part II. Power in quest of knowledge. 4. Four foundational visions of Indies Islam, 1600-1800 --- 5. New regimes of knowledge, 1800-1865 --- 6. Seeking the counterweight church, 1837-1889 ---- Part III. Orientalism engaged. 7. Distant musings on a crucial colony, 1882-1888 --- 8. Collaborative encounters, 1889-1892 --- 9. Shadow muftis, Christian modern, 1892-1906 ---- Part IV. Sufi pasts, modern futures. 10. From Sufism to Salafism, 1905-1911 --- 11. Advisors to Indonesie, 1906-1919 --- 12. Hardenings and partings, 1919-1942 ---- Conclusion.
Summary "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"--Provided by publisher.
Language notes English.
Other author OCLC, issuing body.
JSTOR, issuing body.
Subject Sufism -- Indonesia -- History.
Islam -- Indonesia -- History.
Muslims -- Indonesia -- History.
Electronic books.
Standard Number
ISBN 9781400839995