The	New	Santri:	Challenges	to	Traditional	Religious	Authority	in	Indonesia

The New Santri: Challenges to Traditional Religious Authority in Indonesia

by Norshahril Saat

"Just like the Gutenberg revolution in the fifteenth century, which led to the emergence of non-conventional religious authority in the Christian world, the current information technology revolution, particularly through mediums such as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter, has triggered the re-construction and decentralization of religious authority in Islam. New santri (pious individuals) and preachers emerged from the non-conventional religious educational system. They not only challenged the traditional authorities, but also redefine and re-conceptualize old religious terminologies, such as hijra and wasatiyya. This book explores the dynamics of religious authority in Indonesia with special attention to the challenges from the “new santri”. It is a rich and important book on religion. I recommend students of religion in Indonesia and other countries to read it."
Ahmad Syafi’i Maarif, Professor Emeritus of History at Yogyakarta State University 

"An important and timely volume that addresses the changing nature of Islamic leadership in the world’s most popular Muslim country. This book debunks many (mis)perceptions that Indonesia Islam is monolithic. It also redefines dominant characterization of Islam by Orientalist scholars, such as santri and abangan Muslims."
Haedar Nashir, Chairman of Muhammadiyah 

"This edited volume evaluates the new development of Islamic scholarship and authority in Indonesia. Things have changed significantly in recent times that make many observers and researchers wondering: has Indonesia moved from traditional authorities, mainstream Islamic organizations, and the established scholarship to the new actors, movements and platforms? Has the change occurs owing to the democratization and political reforms that took place in the last twenty years or are there other factors we need to take into account? The contributors in this book provide possible answers from many different areas and perspectives. It’s a must-read!"
 Nadirsyah Hosen, Monash University, Australia

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Preliminary pages
1. Introduction
2. Religious Authority in Indonesian Islam: Mainstream Organizations under Threat?
3. “Being Authoritative But No Authority?” Muslim Religious Intellectuals in Shaping Indonesian Islam Discourse
4. New Contestation in Interpreting Religious Texts: Fatwa, Tafsir, and Shariah
5. Aceh’s Shariah Office: Bureaucratic Religious Authority and Social Development in Aceh
6. Muslim Female Authorities in Indonesia: Conservatism and Legal Notion of Women Preachers on Familial Issues
7. Mobilizing on Morality: Conservative Islamic Movements and Policy Impact in Contemporary Indonesia
8. Salafism, Knowledge Production, and Religious Education in Indonesia
9. Opposing Wahhabism: The Emergence of Ultra-Traditionalism in Contemporary Indonesia
10. Nurturing Religious Authority among Tablighi Jamaat in Indonesia: Going Out for Khuruj and Becoming Preacher
11. Religious Education, Sufi Brotherhood, and Religious Authority: A Case Study of the Sulaimaniyah
12. Pop and “True” Islam in Urban Pengajian: The Making of Religious Authority
13. The Rise of Cool Ustadz: Preaching, Subcultures, and the Pemuda Hijrah Movement
14. New Religious Preacher in the Changing Religious Authority: The Offline and Online Preacher of Ustadz Abdul Somad
15. Santri, Cinema and the Exploratory Form of Authority in Traditionalist Muslim Indonesia
16. The Politics of Religious and Cultural Authority: Contestation and Co-existence of Sultanate and Islamic Movements in the Post-Suharto Yogyakarta and Ternate
17. Jihad Against the Ghazwul Fikri: Actors and Mobilization Strategies of the Islamic Underground Movement

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  • Number of Pages : 369
  • Publisher : ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute
  • Weight : 498g
  • Product Code : 9789814881470
  • Dimension : 229 x 152 mm

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Norshahril Saat

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