In Pursuit of Promoting Moderate Indonesian Islam to the world: Understanding the diversity of Islamic practices in Bima, Sumbawa Island
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- Islam, Eastern Indonesia, Islamic diversity, Bima, Sumbawa
This paper suggests an ethnographic account of the different Islamic practices among Muslims in Bima, Sumbawa island. This paper calls for the need to understand that Islam in Indonesia is diverse. Anthropological works on Javanese Islam have shaped the national and international understandings of Islam in Indonesia (Geertz 1960, Hefner 1985 and Woodward 1989). Assessments of political, organizational forms and institutional elites have also focused on the Javanese centre of the nation-state. The account of Islamic picture outside Java Island is, however, understudied. This paper argues that Islamic practices vary significantly across Indonesia Islam, not only within Java itself, but outside Java. Cultural diversity and ecological adaptation have made Islam in Indonesia is complex. And as such, to borrow Brakel (2004, 10), 'it would be a considerable error to speak of a uniform Indonesian Islam'. Through a 12-mont-fieldwork in Bima (2011-2012), I found that although Islam becomes the unifying factor, varied expressions of Islamic practices among Muslims reflect different cultural legacies and socio-political contexts. Although differences arise, Bima Muslims rely on local wisdom to mediate the differences and to foster harmony among them
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TY - CONF AU - Muhammad Adlin Sila PY - 2017/11 DA - 2017/11 TI - In Pursuit of Promoting Moderate Indonesian Islam to the world: Understanding the diversity of Islamic practices in Bima, Sumbawa Island BT - Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Social and Political Sciences (ICSPS 2017) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 253 EP - 256 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/icsps-17.2018.56 DO - 10.2991/icsps-17.2018.56 ID - Sila2017/11 ER -