A Peaceful Jihad: Negotiating Identity and Modernity in Muslim Java (Contemporary Anthropology of Religion)
Based on extensive ethnographic research, this book examines how the Islamic community in Java, Indonesia, is actively negotiating both modernity and tradition in the contexts of nation-building, globalization, and a supposed clash of civilizations. The pesantren community, so-called because it is centered around an educational institution called the pesantren, uses educat...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published May 13th 2005 by Palgrave Macmillan
(first published 2005)
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I liked this book. I learned a lot about Islam in Indonesia, and it inspired me to think more about societal morals, and whether or not religious and/or moral instruction needs to be a part of public education. The pesantren (Islamic boarding schools) had to move from a strictly religious and moral curriculum to include modern, standard curriculum as well. I think that religious education, and even religious language, does not belong in public schools but I'm not sure about moral education. And...more