Book Review Prof. Dr. Al Makin

Challenging Islamic Orthodoxy: Accounts of Lia Eden and Other Prophets in Indonesia (Springer 2016)

10:00 – 12:00 * SBSN (No.16) Building of IAIN Palu

His book is the first work that comprehensively presents the accounts of Lia Eden, a former flower arranger who claims to have received divine messages from the Archangel Gabriel and founded the divine Eden Kingdom in her house in Jakarta. This book places Lia Eden’s prophetic trajectory in the context of diverse Indonesian spiritual and religious traditions, by which hundreds of others also claimed to have been commanded by God to lead people and to establish religious groups. This book offers a fresh approach towards the rich Indonesian religious and spiritual traditions with particular attention to the accounts of the emergence of indigenous prophets who founded some popular religions. It presents the history of prophetic tradition which remains alive in Indonesian society from the colonial to reform period. It also explores the ways in which these prophets rebelled against two hegemonies: colonial power in the past and Islamic orthodoxy in the present. The discussion of this book focuses on Lia Eden including her biography, claims to prophethood and divinity, the development of her group Eden Kingdom, her challenge to Islamic orthodoxy  under the banner of the MUI (Indonesian Ulama Council), her persecution by radical groups, her experiences in court trials and imprisonment, and public responses to her emergence. The discussion also covers other themes currently drawing public attention in Indonesia, such as pluralism, religious freedom, tolerance, discrimination against minorities, and secularisation.


Book Review Dr. Yanwar Pribadi

Islam, State And Society In Indonesia Local Politics In Madura

13:30– 15:30 * SBSN (No.16) Building of IAIN Palu

Hasil gambar untuk Islam, State And Society In Indonesia Local Politics In MaduraIslamic powers in secular countries have presented a challenge for states around the world, including Indonesia, home to the largest Muslim population as well as the third largest democracy in the world.

This book explores the history of the relationships between Islam, state, and society in Indonesia with a focus on local politics in Madura. It identifies and explains factors that have shaped and characterized the development of contemporary Islam and politics in Madura and recognizes and elucidates forms and aspects of the relationships between Islam and politics; between state and society; between conflicts and accommodations; between piety, tradition and violence in that area, and the forms and characters of democratization and decentralization processes in local politics. This book shows how the area’s experience in dealing with Islam and politics may illuminate the socio-political trajectory of other developing Muslim countries at present living through comparable democratic transformations. Madura was chosen because it has one of the most complex relationships between Islam and politics during the last years of the New Order and the first years of the post-New Order in Indonesia, and because it is a strong Muslim area with a history of a very strong religious as well as cultural tradition than is commonly understood and is largely ignored in literature on Islam and politics.

Based on extensive sets of anthropological fieldwork and historical research, this book makes an important contribution to the analysis of Islam and politics in Indonesia and future socio-political trajectory of other developing Muslim countries experiencing comparable democratic transformations. It will be of interest to academics in the field of religion and politics and Southeast Asian Studies, in particular Southeast Asian politics, anthropology and history.

Yanwar Pribadi is Assistant Professor of Local History at the State Islamic University (UIN) Sultan Maulana Hasanuddin Banten, Indonesia. His research interests include the study of Muslim politics and cultures, citizenship, political and cultural violence, and rural studies.

Book Review Prof. Dr. Machasin. MA

Memahami Islam dengan Ilmu Keadaban

16:00 – 18:00 * SBSN (No.16) Building of IAIN Palu

This book talks, especially, about the science of civilization and its use in understanding Islam. Islam is often understood as a belief system and religious rules or is often referred to succinctly with Akidah and Sharia, Tawheed and Fiqh; whereas this religion also manifests in art, culture, habits, language, mindset, relationships between individuals, desires, ideals, political aspirations, personality formation and so on. Showing Islam in terms of civilization does not mean competing with the domination of Tawhid and Sharia in Muslim consciousness and Islamic studies, but rather arousing the awareness that Islam should not be narrowed and limited to both aspects.
In addition, these writings are also intended to invite those who are involved in the science of civilization to contribute their knowledge in displaying the side of adab in Islam, which has not received much attention.

Book Review Dr. Teuku Zulfikar

Indonesian Muslims in a Global World Identity Narratives of Young Muslims in Australian Society

19:30 – 21:30 * SBSN (No.15 and 16) Building of IAIN Palu

Muslim communities in non-Muslim countries, and particularly their younger members, have been an interesting topic in academia recently. Many books and journal articles have been written on the identity issues of young Muslims, and this book serves to enrich previous literature on this important issue. It highlights Indonesian Muslims’ experience of living in between their home and their host society, namely Australia. However, the study differs in some respects from other books on similar issues, describing Muslim identity through the viewpoints of the sacred book of Islam, the Qur’an, and also as described by scholars investigating the identity construction of young Muslims. The book suggests an essentialized understanding of Muslim identity as described in the sacred text, but at the same time recognizes that discourses and agencies influence the way in which a community projects itself.

Book Review Dr. Ismatu Ropi

Religion and Regulation in Indonesia
London-Singapore: Palgrave MacMillan, 2017

This book analyses the relation between state and religion in Indonesia, considering both the philosophical underpinning of government intervention on religious life but also cases and regulations related to religious affairs in Indonesia. Examining state regulation of religious affairs, it focuses on understanding its origin, history and consequences on citizens’ religious life in modern Indonesia, arguing that while Indonesian constitutions have preserved religious freedom, they have also tended to construct wide-ranging discretionary powers in the government to control religious life and oversee religious freedom. Over more than four decades, Indonesian governments have constructed a variety of policies on religion based on constitutional legacies interpreted in the light of the norms and values of the existing religious majority group. A cutting edge examination of the tension between religious order and harmony on one hand, and protecting religious freedom for all on the other, this book offers a cutting edge study of how the history of regulating religion has been about the constant negotiation for the boundaries of authority between the state and the religious majority

Dr Ismatu Ropi is Senior Researcher at Center for the Study of Islam and Society (Pusat Pengkajian Islam dan Masyarakat) and Senior Lecturer at Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University, Jakarta, Indonesia. His PhD won the 2012 Ann Bates Postgraduate Prize for the Most Outstanding Thesis at the Australian National University.