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By R. Lukens-Bull

According to broad ethnographic study, this ebook examines how the Islamic group in Java, Indonesia, is actively negotiating either modernity and culture within the contexts of nation-building, globalization, and a intended conflict of civilizations. The pesantren group, so-called since it is headquartered round an instructional establishment referred to as the pesantren, makes use of schooling as a important area for facing globalization and the development and upkeep of an Indonesian Islamic identification. even if, the community's efforts to strive against with those concerns expand past schooling into the general public sphere mostly and in particular within the zone of management and politics. The case fabric is used to appreciate Muslim options and responses to civilizational touch and clash. students, trained readers, and complex undergraduates drawn to Islam, non secular schooling, the development of spiritual identification within the context of nationwide politics, and globalization will locate this paintings precious.

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Not all the voices are considered here, but the ones examined here speak within a wider context. , animism) (George 1996; Tsing 1993), royal mystics in the Javanese courts (Woodward 1989), Javanese shadow puppet dalang (puppeteers) (Keeler 1987), the armed forces (Arto 1994), and the national government (Noer 1978). Research Settings and Methods Ethnographic research was conducted in East Java from November 1994 to October 1995, taking a regional rather than a village-based approach. There were return visits in 1997 and 2000 of several weeks each.

In addition to the Prophet Muhammad (Schimmel 1991:167), this category includes famous kyai, the founders of Sufi orders, martyrs, and pious kings. Grave visitation (ziarah) is an important part of popular piety in Java (and elsewhere in the Islamic world). Every Thursday night, thousands of pilgrims visit the royal graves at Imo Giri and Kota Gede in Central Java. In East Java, the graves of two of Diponegoro’s1 soldiers form a popular pilgrimage site at Gunung Kawi. Tahlilan is an important aspect of grave visitation in general.

There were return visits in 1997 and 2000 of several weeks each. , Babb 1975). The negotiation of modernity and identity in Indonesia is not limited to a single village; it entails a national discourse. My taking a regional approach is not to say that this research did not focus on a community. It most certainly did, but not on a community bound by a village. In the most general sense, the community I studied was that of all Islamic believers, the community to which those studied see themselves as belonging.

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