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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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Islam in Indonesia Today

Islam in Indonesia Today

Discourses and Interlocutors

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Islam in Indonesia

Carool Kersten

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that proponents of progressive Islamic discourses straddle the dichotomy or binary between traditionalist and modernist interpretations of the Islam. Their ability to work in the interstices of different strands creates a kind of liminality and even marginality requiring a degree of cultural hybridity. It includes a survey of clusters of academics constituting schools of thought gravitating around institutions of Islamic higher education; activists involved in NGOs such as the Liberal Islam Network; as well as new generations of religious scholars or ulama and cadres associated with the traditional Islamic mass organization Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) who have formulated the new discourse of Islamic Post-Traditionalism, and their modernist counterparts in the modernist Muhammadiyah. The reactionary detractors of these progressive intellectuals are associated with Islamist organizations such as the Dewan Dakwah Islamiya Indonesia (DDII) and the Tarbiyah student movement which dominates ‘Campus Islam’ at secular universities.

Keywords:   Cultural hybridity, DDII, Islamic Mass Organization, Islamic Post-Traditionalism, Liberal Islam Network, Muhammadiyah, Nahdlatul Ulama, Tarbiyah

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