Islamic Nationhood and Colonial Indonesia: The Umma below the Winds

Islamic Nationhood and Colonial Indonesia: The Umma below the Winds

Islamic Nationhood and Colonial Indonesia: The Umma below the Winds

Islamic Nationhood and Colonial Indonesia: The Umma below the Winds

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This study is a revised version of my doctoral dissertation, submitted to the University of Sydney in 2000. Whilst preparing this manuscript I became increasingly aware of the interactive process connecting informants and orientalists that lies behind the discursive screens which are the subject of this book, being questions of community, nation, religion, and modernity. Peter van der Veer has discussed this nexus most eloquently in his Imperial Encounters (2001). Unfortunately I was not able to take that work into account in this study, but it will, I believe, have an influence on any that might follow it. In time too I hope to be able to take up Bill Roff's (2001) challenge to answer how C. Snouck Hurgronje has affected Indonesian Islam in the twentieth century. For now I have sketched but the opening scene, and I hope to use my time as a research fellow within the IIAS project on 'the dissemination of religious authority in twentieth-century Indonesia' to flesh out the continuing contestations and convergences between reformists and traditionalists.

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