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ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute
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"Once celebrated in the Western media as a shining example of a 'liberal' and 'tolerant' Islam, Indonesia since the end of the Soeharto regime (May 1998) has witnessed a variety of developments that bespeak a conservative turn in the country’s Muslim politics. In this timely collection of original essays, Martin van Bruinessen, our most distinguished senior Western scholar of Indonesian Islam, and four leading Indonesian Muslim scholars explore and explain these developments. Each chapter examines recent trends from a strategic institutional perch: the Council of Indonesian Muslim scholars, the reformist Muhammadiyah, South Sulawesi's Committee for the Implementation of Islamic Shari'a, and radical Islamism in Solo. With van Bruinessen's brilliantly synthetic introduction and conclusion, these essays shed a bright light on what Indonesian Muslim politics was and where it seems to be going. The analysis is complex and by no means uniformly dire. For readers interested in Indonesian Muslim politics, and for analysts interested in the dialectical interplay of progressive and conservative Islam, this book is fascinating and essential reading."—Robert Hefner, Director, Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs, Boston University

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. p. C
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Indonesian Muslim Organizations and Institutions
  2. pp. vii-xxiv
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. xxv-xxvi
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. xxvii-xxxii
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  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. xxxiii-xxxiv
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  1. 1. Introduction: Contemporary Developments in Indonesian Islam and the "Conservative Turn" of the Early Twenty-First Century
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. 2. Overview of Muslim Organizations, Associations and Movements in Indonesia
  2. pp. 21-59
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  1. 3. Towards a Puritanical Moderate Islam: The Majelis Ulama Indonesia and the Politics of Religious Orthodoxy
  2. pp. 60-104
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  1. 4. Liberal and Conservative Discourses in the Muhammadiyah: The Struggle for the Face of Reformist Islam in Indonesia
  2. pp. 105-144
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  1. 5. The Politics of Shariah: The Struggle of the KPPSI in South Sulawesi
  2. pp. 145-189
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  1. 6. Mapping Radical Islam: A Study of the Proliferation of Radical Islam in Solo, Central Java
  2. pp. 190-223
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  1. 7. Postscript: The Survival of Liberal and Progressive Muslim Thought in Indonesia
  2. pp. 224-232
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 233-240
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