Nahdlatul Ulama and the Struggle for Power Within Islam and Politics in Indonesia

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Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2009 - Religion - 235 pages
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"This is the most comprehensive account of the internal dynamics of the young intellectual generation of NU advocating for pluralism and democracy within Islam in Indonesia, during Gus Dur's leadership of PBNU. Because of the author's unique vantage point, her sometimes sharp criticism of this movement and its internal dynamics is extremely useful to those who continue to advocate for reform, within NU and in Indonesia generally." - Ahman Suaedy, Executive Director, Wahid Institute, Jakarta "Robin Bush provides an authoritative, insightful and engaging account of the political and intellectual world of Nahdlatul Ulama. She carefully analyses the tumultuous and often tangled dynamics within NU from the 1980s to the post-Soeharto period and unearths deeper historical and cultural resonances in explaining the organisation's outlook and actions. This is a valuable work for anyone seeking to understand contemporary Islamic politics in Indonesia." - Greg Fealy, Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Indonesian Politics, Australian National University, Canberra
  

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 The Origins of NU and the Conflict with Masyumi
24
3 Kembali ke Khittah 1926 and the Discourse on Civil Society
65
Political Developments from 1998 to 2001
111
5 Reformasi and Khittah 26
152
6 Conclusion
187
Appendices
201
References
211
Index
223
About the Author
235
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