Paper $49.50 ISBN: 9789087283018 Published October 2018 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Islam, Humanity and the Indonesian Identity

Reflections on History

Ahmad Syafii Maarif

Islam, Humanity and the Indonesian Identity

Ahmad Syafii Maarif

Distributed for Leiden University Press

With an Introduction by Herman L. Beck
Translated by George Fowler
336 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2018
Paper $49.50 ISBN: 9789087283018 Published October 2018 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Islam exists in global history with its richly variegated cultural and social realities. When these specific cultural contexts are marginalized, Islam is reduced to an ahistorical religion without the ability to contribute to humanity. This limited understanding of Islam has been a contributing factor in many of the violent conflicts in the present day. Reflecting on Islam in Indonesia, the world’s third largest democracy, supporting the largest Muslim population, Ahmad Syafii Maarif argues for an understanding that is both faithful to Islam’s essential teachings and open to constantly changing social and cultural contexts. Building on this, he then addresses critical contemporary issues such as democracy, human rights, religious freedom, the status of women, and the future of Islam. Syafii Maarif’s insights offer inspiration to Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
 
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