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Islam in IndonesiaThe Contest for Society, Ideas and Values$
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Carool Kersten

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190247775

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190247775.001.0001

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An Intellectual History of Contemporary Indonesian Islam

(p.1) Introduction
Islam in Indonesia

Carool Kersten

Oxford University Press

The introduction lays out the intentions of this intellectual history of contemporary Indonesian Islam. As a history of ideas, the book is theoretically framed by the notions of “circulation of ideas”, developed in South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies, and Edward Said’s “traveling theory”. It is further informed by Zygmunt Bauman’s explanation of the role of intellectuals in Legislators and Interpreters and Bruce Robbins’ interpretation of intellectual work in Secular Vocations. It outlines the analysis of the rise of a new generation of Muslim intellectuals who are not only critical citizens vis-à-vis the state, but who have also interrogated the intellectual and political credentials of earlier generations of Muslim activists and leaders, and who have their own ideas about the localization of Islam and how Indonesian nation-building relates to regional, transregional, and global contexts.

Keywords:   History of Ideas, Intellectual history, Indonesian Islam, Circulation of Ideas, Traveling Theory, Localization, Nation building, Global Islam

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