Challenging Islamic Orthodoxy Accounts of Lia Eden and Other Prophets in Indonesia

Al Makin, . (2016) Challenging Islamic Orthodoxy Accounts of Lia Eden and Other Prophets in Indonesia. Buku, 1 . Springer, Switzerland. ISBN 978-3-319-38976-9 (In Press)

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In writing this book, I liken myself to a traveler returning home from a long journey to a foreign land. This is so, as my dissertation (Makin 2010a) discusses the theme of prophethood in the Arabian Peninsula during the seventh century. This book still chooses the subject of prophethood but in a different place and context—that is, in my homeland, Indonesia. During the course of writing this book, I visited some old and new friends in Bojonegoro, Yogyakarta, Jakarta, and Medan. I went to the old places of my childhood and to new places as well, where I found with surprise various religious traditions. In Indonesian studies, I often hear a dilemma raised by Indonesian and non-Indonesian scholars—that is, on one hand, Indonesians still inadequately promote the rich archipelagic traditions and cultures in the world forum; on the other hand, however, only a few Indonesians pay attention to subjects or areas outside the country. When I wrote my dissertation at Heidelberg University, Germany, I was an Indonesian student who underwent the task of studying classical Arabic literature. Now, I, like many other Indonesian scholars such as Azyumardi Azra, am concerned by the fact that many works about Indonesia are still penned by non-Indonesians. Apparently, Indonesians like to talk about themselves, yet their works are not taken seriously enough to be deemed suitable for publication in English. When I taught the course “the History of Politics and Religion in Java” at the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS) and the Center for Religious and Cross-cultural Studies (CRCS), Gajah Mada University of Yogyakarta, in 2013, Peter Carey, invited as the guest professor in the course, also raised this issue. That is, more Indonesian scholars need to promote their own tradition, but at the same time need to show their knowledge about the world outside of their county. With this book, I, like many other Indonesian colleagues with their publications, wish to humbly contribute to scholarly discussion about Indonesia by Indonesians.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: Challenging Islamic Orthodoxy Accounts, Lia Eden, Other Prophets,Indonesia
Subjects: Agama Dan Filsafat
Divisions: Buku
Depositing User: Sugeng Hariyanto, SIP (
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2017 10:35
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2017 10:35

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