This edited volume argues that the rise of Islamic conservatism poses challenges to Indonesia’s continued existence as a secular state, with far-reaching implications for the social, cultural and political fortunes of the country. It contributes a model of analysis in the field of Indonesian and Islamic studies on the logic of Islamic conservative activism in Indonesia. This volume presents informative case studies of discourses and expressions of Islamic conservatism expressed by leading mainstream and upcoming Indonesian Islamic groups and interpret them in a nuanced perspective. All volume contributors are Indonesian-based Islamic Studies scholars with in-depth expertise on the Islamic groups they have studied closely for years, if not decades.
This book is an up-to-date study addressing contemporary Indonesian politics that should be read by Islamic Studies, Indonesian Studies, and more broadly Southeast Asian Studies specialists. It is also a useful reference for those studying Religion and Politics, and Comparative Politics.
Table of Contents
1 Introduction (Leonard C Sebastian, Syafiq Hasyim And Alexander R Arifianto) 2 Muslim Identity and Deprivation: Socio-Psychological Sources of Support for Islamist Radical Groups in Indonesia (Burhanuddin Muhtadi And Rizka Halida) 3 Islamic Orthodoxy at Regional Level in Indonesia (Dadi Darmadi) 4 Examining the Growth of Islamic Conservatism in Indonesia: The Case of West Java (Irman Lanti, Akim And Windy Dermawan) 5 Resisting Conservatism: An Experience from Muhammadiyah through Its Social Activities (Ahmad Najib Burhani) 6 Challenging Moderate Islam in Indonesia: NU Garis Lurus and Its Construction of ‘the Authentic NU’ Online (Asep M. Iqbal) 7 MUI and its Discursive Relevance for ‘Aksi Bela Islam’: A Growing Trend of Islamic Conservatism in Indonesia (Syafiq Hasyim) 8 The Rise and Fall of ‘Transnational Islam’ in Indonesia: The Future of Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) (Masdar Hilmy) 9 Why Do Islamist Movements Die? Majelis Mujahidin Indonesia and Its Demobilization (Mohammad Iqbal Ahnaf) 10 PKS and Tarbiya Movement: Its Agenda and Future in Indonesia (Yon MachmudI) 11 Indonesian Hybrid-Salafism: Wahdah Islamiyah’s Rise, Ideology, and Utopia (Andar Nubowo) 12 Creating Entrepreneurial and Pious Muslim Subjectivity in Globalised Indonesia (Najib Kailani) 13 Epilogue: Conservative Islam and the Dilemma of Indonesian Democracy (Leonard C Sebastian, Syafiq Hasyim And Alexander R Arifianto) Index
Leonard C. Sebastian is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Indonesia Programme, Institute for Defence and Strategic Studies, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and Professor (Adjunct), Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra, Australia.
Syafiq Hasyim is a Lecturer and Director of Library and Cultural Center at the Indonesian International Islamic University (UIII).
Alexander R. Arifianto is a Research Fellow with the Indonesia Programme, Institute for Defence and Strategic Studies, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) – Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.