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The Makings of Indonesian IslamOrientalism and the Narration of a Sufi Past$
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Michael Laffan

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691145303

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691145303.001.0001

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Embracing a New Curriculum, 1750–1800

Embracing a New Curriculum, 1750–1800

(p.25) Chapter Two Embracing a New Curriculum, 1750–1800
The Makings of Indonesian Islam

Michael Laffan

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines how, in the eighteenth century, more formalized structures of learning were established in the archipelago as Southeast Asian scholars began to participate increasingly in Middle Eastern networks. It describes a subsequent eighteenth-century trend; namely a reaction to the popularity of the Medina-oriented muhaqqiqin that would lay the groundwork for what would become the standard Islamic curriculum of Southeast Asia. This was particularly clear in the wealthy port of Palembang, where the Sammaniyya order would play its part in developing Sufi scholarship and correctives. Yet again emphasis would be placed on restricting access to abstruse philosophical treatises to an elect and discouraging the dissemination of popular earlier texts and allied romances, which the Malays would nonetheless continue to support.

Keywords:   Islamic learning, Southeast Asian scholars, Middle Eastern networks, muhaqqiqin, Islamic curriculum, Sammaniyya order, Sufi scholarship

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