Becoming Better Muslims offers an innovative account of the dynamic interactions between individual Muslims, religious authorities, and the state in Aceh, Indonesia.
Author: David Kloos
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Category: Social Science
How do ordinary Muslims deal with and influence the increasingly pervasive Islamic norms set by institutions of the state and religion? Becoming Better Muslims offers an innovative account of the dynamic interactions between individual Muslims, religious authorities, and the state in Aceh, Indonesia. Relying on extensive historical and ethnographic research, David Kloos offers a detailed analysis of religious life in Aceh and an investigation into today’s personal processes of ethical formation. Aceh is known for its history of rebellion and its recent implementation of Islamic law. Debunking the stereotypical image of the Acehnese as inherently pious or fanatical, Kloos shows how Acehnese Muslims reflect consciously on their faith and often frame their religious lives in terms of gradual ethical improvement. Revealing that most Muslims view their lives through the prism of uncertainty, doubt, and imperfection, he argues that these senses of failure contribute strongly to how individuals try to become better Muslims. He also demonstrates that while religious authorities have encroached on believers and local communities, constraining them in their beliefs and practices, the same process has enabled ordinary Muslims to reflect on moral choices and dilemmas, and to shape the ways religious norms are enforced. Arguing that Islamic norms are carried out through daily negotiations and contestations rather than blind conformity, Becoming Better Muslims examines how ordinary people develop and exercise their religious agency.
Kloos, David. 2018. Becoming Better Muslims: Religious Authority and Ethical
Improvement in Aceh, Indonesia. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
Kraince, Richard. 2009. “Reforming Islamic Education in Malaysia: Doctrine or
Author: Michael G. Peletz
Publisher: University of California Press
Category: Social Science
Few symbols in today’s world are as laden and fraught as sharia—an Arabic-origin term referring to the straight path, the path God revealed for humans, the norms and rules guiding Muslims on that path, and Islamic law and normativity as enshrined in sacred texts or formal statute. Yet the ways in which Muslim men and women experience the myriad dimensions of sharia often go unnoticed and unpublicized. So too do recent historical changes in sharia judiciaries and contemporary strategies on the part of political and religious elites, social engineers, and brand stewards to shape, solidify, and rebrand these institutions. Sharia Transformations is an ethnographic, historical, and theoretical study of the practice and lived entailments of sharia in Malaysia, arguably the most economically successful Muslim-majority nation in the world. The book focuses on the routine everyday practices of Malaysia’s sharia courts and the changes that have occurred in the court discourses and practices in recent decades. Michael G. Peletz approaches Malaysia’s sharia judiciary as a global assemblage and addresses important issues in the humanistic and social-scientific literature concerning how Malays and other Muslims engage ethical norms and deal with law, social justice, and governance in a rapidly globalizing world.
Author: Augustus Richard NortonPublish On: 2018-09-04
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Improvement in Aceh, Indonesia Muhammad Qasim Zaman, Islam in Pakistan: A
Author: Augustus Richard Norton
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Featuring a new prologue and conclusion and two new chapters on recent developments With Hezbollah’s entry into the Lebanese government in 2009 and forceful intervention in the Syrian civil war, the potent Shi‘i political and military organization continues to play an enormous role in the Middle East. A hybrid of militia, political party, and social services and public works provider, the group is the most powerful player in Lebanon. Policymakers in the United States and Israel usually denounce Hezbollah as a dangerous terrorist organization and refuse to engage with it, yet even its adversaries need to contend with its durability and resilient popular support. Augustus Richard Norton’s incisive account stands as the most lucid, informed, and balanced analysis of Hezbollah yet written—and this expanded and fully updated third edition features a new prologue and conclusion and two new chapters largely devoted to the group’s recent activities, including its involvement in Syria. Hezbollah is a work of perennial importance and remains essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the Middle East.
I am all for getting back to the Holy Quran and Sunnah or becoming better Muslims , but until we do something about our scientific and technological
backwardness we are not going to change the fortunes of the Muslim world in this
... on issues of morality or society and focused instead on educating the
population on becoming better Muslims and eradicating non - Islamic practices
and beliefs . The educational background of the newly emerging third generation
of Islamic ...
To Muslims, these words were revealed to Muhammad as the manner in which
all previous expressions of “The Book” ... Amir Hussain dare apply his familiarity
with Christian or Jewish manners of interpretation in becoming a better Muslim.
Author: Brian Arthur Brown
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Seven Testaments is volume one of a trilogy, introducing and supplementing the already popular academic texts, Three Testaments: Torah Gospel and Quran (2012) and Four Testaments: Tao Te Ching, Analects, Dhammapada, Bhagavad Gita (2016). Organized in three parts, Seven Testaments will cover the foundations of how these testaments were formed, the essence of each one of the testaments and a section of primary source documents that frames the testaments in a modern setting.
... be a testimony of our coming nearer and nearer to this ideal — that is , of becoming better Muslims not only in our words , but in our actions as well . It
should be our leaders ' duty to tell their followers that they must become better
Muslims today in order to be worthy of Pakistan tomorrow : instead of which they
merely assure us that we shall become better Muslims “ as soon as Pakistan is
achieved ” .
Muhammad Asad, 1900-1992, visionary Islamic scholar from Poland.
For men their attitude of becoming better Muslims is less easy detectable and
more a matter of intention . This puts the female speakers in a different position
than their male colleagues : they have to prove their ' different - ness ' from ' bad ...
Moreover , they have organized themselves better now than in the decades
immediately after Partition , and their role in the recent growth of Muslim
communalism is worth exploring . Mr Jinnah had neither caste nor family to
support him .
Author: Gertrud Waseem
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
This Selection Of Fifteen Essays By Modern French Intellectuals Focuses On Religious Syncretism. M. Waseem`S Introduction Outlines The Gradual Amalgamation Of Different Religious Elements During The Spread Of Islam As Described By These French Intellectuals.
Rather , Muslims should compete by becoming better Muslims . We should
support those who believe this , and help them act on the belief . But to become
the very best Wahabi Muslim one can become surely cannot be a solutionnot in a
26 The first of these lines of reasoning sets out from the assertion that becoming Muslim was a good thing : what needed explanation was why people had not
become Muslim sooner . Ignorance , overcome only recently by the efforts of the ...
Author: Felicitas Becker
Publisher: British Academy Postdoctoral F
Tanzania has moved from widespread conversion to Islam in the early twentieth century to recent bitter disputes over Islamic radicalism. Using a combination of government, mission and oral records, this volume examines the intellectual and social forces behind these transitions.
In constructing an " evil other " of the pious Muslim , conversion films may serve
their Muslim audiences as proof that their own reversions , their attempts at becoming better Muslims , are the right option , lest they turn “ pagan "
... of such ' cultural ' activities as dancing , etc . , although if Muslims were to
attach to these even one - tenth of the importance they occupy in non - Islamic
cultures , they would only be going away from Islam and not becoming better Muslims .
Muslim Intellectuals Respond John Cooper, Ron Nettler, Muhammed Mahmoud.
lems . This entire situation began ... Europeans had integrated change ; Muslims
must do it in their way by becoming better Muslims . He thought that Europeans ...
Author: John Cooper
Publisher: I.B. Tauris
This text presents the ideas of a number of contemporary modernist and liberal Muslim thinkers, exposing an important intellectual current in Islamic thought. These figures work mainly outside "established" institutional, political and religious frameworks, whilst relying heavily on traditional sources. Responding to the challenges brought by colonialism and modernization, they propose new conceptions and interpretations of Islam consonant with the age. Although their specific concerns and emphases vary, their thought shares certain features; a reconsideration of the relation between religion and politics; an easy incorporation of modern Western ideas; a reinterpretaton of sacred sources which highlights their more universalist elements; and a conception of Islam as moving with historical change whilst remaining rooted in Qur'anic values. Disputing the widespread view of modern Islam as essentially political, the book shows a quite different face of the tradition.
Thus in one sense , Meo were becoming “ better ' Muslims without abandoning
their caste and kinship systems . ... It was expected that they would then return to
Mewat , spread the good word and become active members of the movement .
Author: Christopher John Fuller
Publisher: School of Oriental & African Studies University of London
The Bengalee Muslim gradually realised that by asking them to despise
everything about Bengali culture for becoming better Muslims , the West
Pakistani politicians and leaders were in fact making a calculated move for
cultural subversion ...
Muslim Democrat, Indonesian President : a View from the Inside Greg Barton ... a
movement to change the behaviour and thinking of Muslims so that they would
be better able to deal with the modern world as well as becoming better Muslims .
Author: Greg Barton
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
In humiliating circumstances, Indonesia's first democratically elected president, Abdurrahman Wahid, was forced from office in July 2001 after less than two years in the job. Wahid, almost blind and still recovering from a near-fatal stroke, was widely misunderstood in the West, even being seen as a somewhat comical figure. But in Indonesia the Muslim scholar affectionately known as Gus Dur to millions of people had long been revered by many of his countrymen and highly respected by the country's elites. His life had been one of great public service to his fellow citizens, his religion, and his belief in liberal democracy. In this authorized biography, much of it based on unique first-hand observation, Greg Barton introduces us to both the man and his world and attempts to make sense of his controversial public career and presidency. Barton has known Wahid since 1988, when he started researching the influence of Islamic liberalism in Indonesia, and has subsequently spent many months with his subject, including seven months during Wahid's 21-month presidency, both in Indonesia and travelling with him abroad. Anyone who is at all interested in the drama of modern Indonesia will find this view from the inside an essential read.
Jihad also calls for becoming better Muslims and better brethren . He said if the
Muslims purify their souls they would be able to protect their rights and privileges
. In an interview with ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN and the SAUDI ...
JAMES KAMP - BLACK STAR BLACK MUSLIMS From fringe to bedrock RE
PETER TE Ley 349545 he Islamic faith has ... in larger communities such as and
president of the Toledo Islamic Dearborn , Muslims are becoming better Center .
Whether they appear to you to be good or bad we have ordained that they must
remain as they are . ... But he does not know that the Muslims who reconcile
themselves to these laws after they are enforced may , instead of becoming better