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Imagining the land of the two holy mosques: The social and doctrinal importance of Saudi Arabia in Indonesian Salafi Discourse

Chaplin, Chris (2014) Imagining the land of the two holy mosques: The social and doctrinal importance of Saudi Arabia in Indonesian Salafi Discourse. Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies, 7 (2). pp. 217-236.

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Identification Number: 10.14764/10.ASEAS-2014.2-6

Abstract

The emergence of Salafi Islam within Indonesia has shifted the imaginary boundaries of Islamic identity. Although relatively small in numbers, Salafis propagate a religious discourse linked to scholars in Saudi Arabia. While it cannot be regarded as merely a type of ‘Saudization’, the kingdom is frequently exemplified as a model for a pious society as well as pragmatic solutions on how to deal with contemporary issues ranging from justice to terrorism. Indeed, Saudi Arabia plays a pivotal part in the Salafi imaginary, balancing a historical Islamic past with a modernist religious present and future. Based on fieldwork conducted from 2011 to 2012 in Yogyakarta, this paper builds upon this premise, offering both a description and an analysis of the importance of the kingdom as a source of educational sponsorship but also, more interestingly, as a source of religious authority and social ideals, articulated within contemporary religious literature and the movement’s study sessions (kajian). More pointedly, I argue that actors use Saudi Arabia to construct an imaginary ideal through which social and religious issues are contemplated and compared to apparent Indonesian ‘social corruption’

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.seas.at/our-journal-aseas/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors CC BY-NC-ND 3.0
Divisions: Methodology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Sets: Departments > Methodology
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2017 14:07
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2017 16:08
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/84483

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