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Islam, Humanity and the Indonesian Identity: Reflections on History
by Ahmad Syafii Maarif
translated by George A. Fowler
introduction by Herman L. Beck
Leiden University Press, 2018
Paper: 978-90-8728-301-8
Library of Congress Classification BP63.I5M2613 2018

ABOUT THIS BOOK
ABOUT THIS BOOK
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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