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Proceedings of the International Conference on Culture and Language in Southeast Asia (ICCLAS 2017)

The Dynamics of the Islamic Publishers in Indonesia: a Case Study of the Publisher Gema Insani Press Jakarta (1986-2011)

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Abdul Chair
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The Islamic Publishers; Gema Insani Press; Islamism
Abstract
Gema Insani Press (GIP) is one of the Islamic publishers that have emerged in Indonesia since 1980s. GIP has been publishing many Islamic books in Indonesian. GIP also published the books translated from Arabic into Indonesian authored by prominent Muslim intellectuals of the Middle East, such as Sayyid Qutb, Muhammad Qutb, Muhammad al-Ghazali, and Muslim Brothers (al-Ikhwan al-Muslimin). This paper aims to study whether or not GIP purely positions itself as an ordinary Islamic publisher for the shake of the economic benefit or as a publisher that disseminates a particular ideology. To answer this question, I collect the official documents of GIP and in-depth interviews with the key staff of GIP to understand their views on social, political and religious issues in Indonesia. I strengthen this approach by employing content analysis to the published books by GIP. I argue that GIP has positioned itself as a party supporting literal and puritan Islamic teachings; thereby rejecting the liberal forms of Islamic thoughts and practices. GIP has turned to be a basis for puritan Muslims to perpetuate antiliberal Islam ideology. Therefore, this type of puritan Islamic books is sold out in Indonesia.
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@inproceedings{Chair2017,
  title={The Dynamics of the Islamic Publishers in Indonesia: a Case Study of the Publisher Gema Insani Press Jakarta (1986-2011)},
  author={Chair, Abdul},
  year={2017},
  booktitle={International Conference on Culture and Language in Southeast Asia (ICCLAS 2017)},
  issn={2352-5398},
  isbn={978-94-6252-462-0},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.2991/icclas-17.2018.48},
  doi={10.2991/icclas-17.2018.48},
  publisher={Atlantis Press}
}
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