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Palgrave Macmillan

Islamic Higher Education in Indonesia

Continuity and Conflict

ISBN 9781137308573
Publication Date November 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Combining recent research with 20 years' experience in Indonesia, Lukens-Bull looks closely at debates about institutions of Islamic higher education as they transform from being exclusively religious in nature into full universities. Islamic institutions of higher education are critical to understanding the Indonesian Islamic community both for the ways in which they define orthodoxy and act as culture brokers to the wider Islamic community, as well for their cultural brokerage with Western philosophy and scholarship. Not only are the institutions and their faculty and staff important participants in the discourse about the future, they are subjects of it as well. The changes these institutions are undergoing and the questions such changes generate provide a window into the future of Indonesia as it is being created.

Ronald Lukens-Bull is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Religious Studies at the University of North Florida, USA.

1. The Politicization of the 'Apolitical": Islamic Higher Education in Indonesia
2. Religious 'Dialects,' Variation, and Accusations of the Worst Kind.
3. Becoming Universities: Old Traditions, New Directions
4. Splitting the Kiblat: Consequences of Alternative Strategies for Educating Faculty
5. Women Pushing the Limits: Gender Debates in Islamic Higher Education
6. Where is the Islam, and What Kind?
7. Linguistic Modeling of Variation in Islam

Mark Woodward, Arizona State University, USA


"Across the Muslim world, Islamic higher education is today a site for both the guardianship and the refiguring of religious knowledge and identity. In this timely book, Ronald Lukens-Bull provides us with an overview of Islamic higher education in Indonesia, a vast country that has one of the world's most reform-minded Islamic educational systems. Islamic higher education is also the site of fierce culture-war contestation over what Islam in Indonesia is to become. Engagingly written, Lukens-Bull's book raises questions of pivotal importance for the future of education, intellectual life, and politics in Indonesia and the Muslim world as a whole." - Robert W. Hefner, Director, Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs, Boston University, USA
"Muslim societies are trailing behind many developed societies in terms of investment in research and higher education. Ronald A. Lukens-Bull's study of higher education in Indonesia is important at two levels. Firstly Indonesia has made major strides in raising literacy rates and creating a higher education system, but Lukens-Bull offers a clear insight into the remaining and unsolved tensions between preserving a religious tradition and preparing students for a rapidly changing society. Secondly he offers a solution to the puzzle—one Islam or many?—by showing how we can think of Islam as both generic language (langue) and an assembly of dialectics (parole). The result is a major achievement in clarifying the dynamic and often contradictory relationships between religion, education, and social change." Bryan S. Turner, The Graduate Center, CUNY, USA
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