The New Santri: Challenges to Traditional Religious Authority in Indonesia

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Paperback: $45.00
ISBN-13: 9789814881470
Published: August 2020

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380 pages
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  • About the Book
  • 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

  • About the Author(s)
    • Norshahril Saat, Editor

      Norshahril Saat is fellow at the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore. He is also adjunct lecturer with the Department of Malay Studies, National University of Singapore (NUS).
    • Ahmad Najib Burhani, Editor

      Ahmad Najib Burhani (PhD) is Senior Researcher at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Jakarta.