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Islam Observed: Religious Development in Morocco and Indonesia

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"In four brief chapters," writes Clifford Geertz in his preface, "I have attempted both to lay out a general framework for the comparative analysis of religion and to apply it to a study of the development of a supposedly single creed, Islam, in two quite contrasting civilizations, the Indonesian and the Moroccan."

Mr. Geertz begins his argument by outlining the problem con
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Published August 15th 1971 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 1968)
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Feb 13, 2013 Cărăşălu rated it it was amazing
Although partly based on Geertz's fieldwork, this book is concerned less with ethnograhic anthropology and more with comparative religion. Despite this difference, Geertz applies his trademark semantic approach. The tasks he sets ahead of him is "not to formulate an underlying uniformity behind superficially diverse phenomena, but to analyze the nature of that diversity as we find it". In comparing the Islam of Indonesia, heavily influenced by the Indic (Hindu-Buddhist) tradition, characterized ...more
Apr 24, 2007 Greg rated it it was amazing
Shelves: islam, anthropology
Anyone who wants to understand the current state of the Muslim world should read this book. Geertz takes a diachronic approach to understanding Muslim culture at the antipodes of the Muslim world, Morocco and Indonesia. He shows the development Islam in those two places and its fusion with indiginous culture. He then goes on to show what the effect of colonialism was in those two societies, and it is not what you think. The reaction to modernity was, in his terms, the ideologization of religion. ...more
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Jun 16, 2013 Laura Pătru rated it really liked it
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The only reason I didn't give this book a 5 - and this is a completely personal reason - is for the fact that the comparative analysis of religion is not my favorite theme. Leaving that aside, Geertz’s analysis, as always, is an excellent one, full with well built arguments.
In four brief chapters, by tracing the history of two different countries who share the same religion (you guessed, Morocco and Indonesia), the anthropologist shows how religion can be deeply influenced by the local culture
Apr 21, 2012 Dan rated it liked it
Had this left over from college. Aimed at specialists, but between the discussions of methodology, which were relatively uninteresting to me, there were several nuggets of insight about the current state of the Muslim world, and some general information about Muslim practice and the national character of Morocco and Indonesia, so for that it was worth it. Geertz is a eloquent writer, as well. In all, too academic for my tastes; perhaps something more general would do, like his Religion of Java.
Matt Friedman
Jul 25, 2011 Matt Friedman rated it it was amazing
His insight into the diversity of a particular religious bloc across various cultures is enormously important, especially now.

Plus, it's Geertz, whose writing is as wonderfully put together as it is informative.
Matthew Harris
Aug 03, 2012 Matthew Harris rated it liked it
Geertz is a structural functionalist who believes that humans use religion to make sense out of chaos. Easy to read text with, short and sweet with a lot of anthropological theory.
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Dec 26, 2010 Hock Tjoa rated it really liked it
First of the books on Islam that I have read and I am glad since it showed how very differently the faith was practiced in different parts of the world.
Oct 12, 2009 Icaruz rated it it was amazing
i want to know why moslem in indonesia very disgusting
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Pernah baca waktu ngerjain skripsi. Lupa isinya.
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Clifford James Geertz was an American anthropologist and served until his death as professor emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey.
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