Islamic Post-Traditionalism in Indonesia

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ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute, Sep 9, 2015 - Social Science - 309 pages
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Islamic Post-Traditionalism in Indonesia offers a unique assessment of the development of the phenomenon of Islamic post-traditionalism using Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the largest mass Islamic organization in Indonesia (and the world) as a case study. Post-traditionalism is a term now widely used to describe the often controversial attempts by progressive reformers to reify and legitimize modern intellectual notions, often from non-Islamic sources, by using reference to terminology and ideas drawn from Islamic tradition. This book discusses the discourse of post-traditionalist thought within Islamic thought more widely, before turning to examine the emergence of new currents of progressive thought within NU in Indonesia and the factors that influence that. In particular, the book explores the sometimes fiery struggle between liberal and conservative thought in NU; and the position of post-traditionalist thought in the wider development of intellectualism in Indonesia. It covers in detail new religious discourses that are being developed and offers important insights into the implications and future for post- traditionalist thought among Muslims.

     The highly influential Indonesian version of this book was originally published as Post Traditionalisme Islam: Wacana Intelektualisme dalam Komunitas NU by the Fahmina Institute, Indonesia, 2008.

 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
Foundations
15
3 NU and the Islamic PostTraditionalist Discourse
95
4 Islamic PostTraditionalism and the Future of NU Intellectualism
169
5 Conclusion
283
Bibliography
291
Index
301
About the Author
309
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 Rumadi lectures at the Faculty of Islamic Syariah and Law at Syarif Hidayatullah UIN in Jakarta. He is also concurrently Senior Researcher at The Wahid Institute and editor of the Taswirul Afkar Journal published by NU’s Institute for Human Resource Studies and Development (Lakpesdam NU).

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