A Peaceful Jihad: Negotiating Identity and Modernity in by R. Lukens-Bull

By R. Lukens-Bull

Based on huge ethnographic examine, this ebook examines how the Islamic neighborhood in Java, Indonesia, is actively negotiating either modernity and culture within the contexts of nation-building, globalisation, and a meant conflict of civilizations. The pesantren group, so-called since it is based round an instructional establishment referred to as the pesantren, makes use of schooling as a significant enviornment for facing globalization and the development and upkeep of an Indonesian Islamic id. despite the fact that, the community's efforts to strive against with those concerns expand past schooling into the general public sphere normally and in particular within the region of management and politics. The case fabric is used to appreciate Muslim ideas and responses to civilizational touch and clash. students, trained readers, and complicated undergraduates attracted to Islam, non secular schooling, the development of non secular identification within the context of nationwide politics and globalization will locate this paintings useful.

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One local observer feels that this number is far too low because not all pilgrims register in the visitor’s office. H. ). As an institution that has undergone a transformation from being a traditional center of Islamic learning, famous for training ulama to a religious boarding school primarily for junior high and high school students, Tebu Ireng’s landscape reflects a tension between maintaining tradition and modernization. Tebu Ireng occupies about 20 hectares (about 200,000 square meters) of land in three separate blocks; although in absolute terms this is a small landholding, it is quite large on densely packed Java.

Another reflection of this greater openness to outside material includes posted newspapers and a television in an open-air courtyard, which is shown on Thursday nights after tahlilan at the graves. Banks and Other Accommodations to Modernity Just inside the gate is a branch office of Bank Rakyat Indonesia (Indonesian People’s Bank), which facilitates the transfer of funds from distant parents to students for their allowances and their pesantren expenses. Also in the main complex is a branch of Bank Perkreditan Rakyat NU-SUMMA, where students and faculty at Tebu Ireng, as well as many neighbors, have savings accounts.

The degree to which this local community extends beyond the walls of the school varies for each kyai. Therefore this regional ethnography focused mostly on three pesantren and the communities around them. A regional approach in ethnography is also the logical outcome of recent trends in anthropological studies of Islam. John Bowen argues that the main impediment to the anthropological study of monotheisms is that these religions do not fit well in the normal ethnographic model. The texts and rituals common to a monotheism transcend any particular locale and take the believer, and should take the ethnographer, outside the village to a “worldwide confessional community” (Bowen 1993a:185).

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