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.
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.
Table Of Contents:
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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
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