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

Michael Laffan

Abstract

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. This book challenges this widely accepted narrative, offering a more balanced assessment of the intellectual a ... More

Keywords: Indonesian Islam, Islamic thinkers, reformist thinkers, Indonesia, Muslim nation, colonial Dutch

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780691145303
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691145303.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Laffan, author
Princeton University