Returning to the Religion of Abraham: Controversies over the Gafatar Movement in Contemporary Indonesia

Al Makin, . (2019) Returning to the Religion of Abraham: Controversies over the Gafatar Movement in Contemporary Indonesia. ISLAM AND CHRISTIAN–MUSLIM RELATIONS, 30 (1). pp. 87-104.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09596410.2019.1570425

Abstract

This article explores the idea of ‘Milah Abraham’, a term used and advocated by Ahmad Mushaddeq and Mahful Muis, the founders of Gafatar (Gerakan Fajar Nusantara/Archipelagic Dawn Movement). Mahful Muis, a prominent companion of Mushaddeq, has written many works about the idea of the religion of Abraham. This article answers the questions of how the idea of Milah Abraham emerged, and what are the implications of its emergence in the context of plural Indonesian Islam. Based on interviews and the written works of both Gafatar leaders, this study explores the idea of the religion of Abraham and how it can go beyond Judaism, Christianity and Islam to a new spirituality that combines the three religious traditions. The idea of Milah Abraham not only offers a new syncretism in the context of plural Indonesian Islam, but also challenges the establishment of Islamic orthodoxy in the country. Since the 1970s, the idea of returning to the religion of Abraham has contributed to the discussion of pluralism among many Indonesian Muslim intellectuals.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Religion of Abraham
Subjects: Agama (Religion)
Divisions: Artikel (Terbitan Luar UIN)
Depositing User / Editor: Sugeng Hariyanto, SIP (sugeng.hariyanto@uin-suka.ac.id)
Date Deposited: 09 May 2019 01:33
Last Modified: 09 May 2019 01:33
URI: http://digilib.uin-suka.ac.id/id/eprint/34976

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