The Origins of Islamic Reformism in Southeast Asia

Networks of Malay-Indonesian and Middle Eastern 'Ulama' in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries

Azyumardi Azra
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Internationally respected scholar Professor Azyumardi Azra examines the transmission of Islamic reformism from the Middle East to Indonesia during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Islamic renewal and reformism is an ongoing process which is commonly thought to have started only in the twentieth century. Professor Azra's meticulous study, using sources from the Middle East itself, shows how scholars in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries were reconstructing the intellectual and socio-moral foundation of Muslim societies. Drawing on Arabic biographic dictionaries which have never before been analysed or used as research materials, Professor Azra illuminates a previously inaccessible period of history to show the development of the Middle Eastern heritage in the Indonesian archipelago.

The reader can trace the formation and expression of Indonesian Islam and the adaptation of the Arabic intellectualism into recognisably Indonesian idioms. For the first time we have a description of the actual process of localisation, a process of interest to historians, anthropologists and sociologists, and also a subject of intense contemporary relevance.

Professor Azra is one of Indonesia's leading academics and is President of the prestigious State Islamic University of Jakarta. He has published many books on contemporary Islam and is a regular writer for Indonesian newspapers and journals. He is also a noted commentator on Indonesian Islam and politics for the Indonesian and international media.

Author bio:

Professor Azumardi Azra founded Studia Islamika, the Indonesian Journal for Islamic Studies, in 1993. He still holds the position of editor-in-chief of the journal. He has lectured at Harvard and Columbia Universities and has been Rector of IAIN/UIN Jakarta since 1998.

Category: History
ISBN: 9781741142617
Table Of Contents: Maps and charts

Transliteration

Preface

Introduction

Networks of the Ulama' in the Seventeenth Century Haramayn

Reformism in the Networks

Seventeenth Century Malay-Indonesian Networks I: Nur al-Din al-Raniri

Seventeenth Century Malay-Indonesian Networks II: Abd'al-Ra uf al-Sinkili

Seventeenth Century Malay-Indonesian Networks III: Muhammad Yusuf al-Maqassari

Networks of the Ulama' and Islamic Renewal in the Eighteenth Century Malay-Indonesian World

Renewal in the Network: The European Challenge

Epilogue

Notes

Bibliography

Index
Publisher: A&U Academic
Imprint: A&U Academic
Pub Date: April 2004
Page Extent: 264
Format: Book
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Asian history

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