Piety & Politics
Nurcholish Madjid & His Interpretation
of Islam in Modern Indonesia

By Ann Kull
Lund Studies in History of Religions, Vol. 21
December 2005
Almqvist & Wiksell
ISBN: 9122021396
314 pages, 5 ¾” x 8 ½”
$89.50 Paper Original

This Ph.D. dissertation in the field of Islamic studies offers a critical analysis of Nurcholish Madjid's attempt to interpret Islam within the framework of modern Indonesia. Nurcholish, who recently passed away at the age of sixty-six, had been active in the reform of Islamic thought for over thirty years, and while remaining deeply colored by the local Indonesian context, was also part of a global and century-old tradition of reform.

The aim of this dissertation is twofold. Firstly, it is a study in the tradition of the history of ideas, and thus attempts an analysis of Nurcholish's ideational production and methodological approach. Secondly, it aims to locate Nurcholish's ideas and activities within the Indonesian context. To this end it provides a presentation of his life, intellectual influences and an overview of relevant historical facts.


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