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Polarizing Javanese Society: Islamic and Other Visions (C. 1830-1930)

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By the early nineteenth century, Islam had come to be the religious element in Javanese identity, but it was a particular kind of Islam described by the author as a "mystic synthesis." The Javanese held firmly to their identity as Muslims and fulfilled the basic ritual obligations of the faith, but they also accepted the reality of local spiritual forces. Polarizing Javane ...more
Paperback, 297 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by University of Hawaii Press
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One might as well just read the article "The birth of the abangan". This article overlaps with a main argument of the book and contains the part of the book that carries some weight. The point that abangan as a social category only came about as late as the (second half of the) 19th is food for thought. Unfortunately, the argument rest on at least 2 points that are disputable. 1) up till the 19th century Java is homogeneously Muslim (save some small Hindu communities). This point is utterly disp ...more
Jun 10, 2009 nanto marked it as wishlist-‎a-k-a-buku-buruan
Sebelum nemu bukunya, lumayan ada wawancara dengan Ricklefs yang berjudul "Polarisasi Aliran dan Politisasi Agama dalam Masyarakat Indonesia: Sebuah Wawancara dengan MC Ricklefs". Dapat dari kiriman di milis kantor. Sumber aslinya sile klik di sini. Ricklefs ini, kalau tidak salah, murid dari H.J. De Graaf. Disertasinya dibimbing sama De Graaf sekali lagi kalau tidak salah. Gak pegang bukunya takut salah jadinya.
Muhammad Ma'mun
Buku yang renyah ini menimbang polarisasi keagamaan di Jawa dalam peralihan abad ke-19/ke-20. Dikotomi santri/abangan misalnya, yang selama ini hanya mendapat perhatian dari para antropolog, ditilik dari sudut pandang sejarah. Amatan dan simpulannya menarik, penting untuk melihat transformasi yang dialami agama Islam dari abad ke abad, agar kita tidak melihat varian santri atau abangan sebagai kategori sosial yang sudah 'fixed' dari zaman dulu hingga sekarang.
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