An Intellectual History of Contemporary Indonesian Islam
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.
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