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Piety, Politics and Ethics in Southeast Asian Islam: Beautiful Behavior

Rozehnal, Robert (Lehigh University, USA)

978 1 350 04171 4
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114.00 USD
85.00 GBP

Publication date:
13 December 2018

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As an exploration of 'beautiful behavior' in theory and practice, this ground-breaking volume explores the incredible diversity and dynamism of Islam in Southeast Asia, both past and present. Amid the dazzling complexity of Islamic civilization, the concept of adab provides Muslims with a shared sense of sacred history, identity, and morality. In the context of Islamic ethics, adab defines the rules of personal and public etiquette: good manners, moral conduct, civility, humaneness, beautiful behavior. Spotlighting the interdisciplinary research of ten prominent scholars, the book offers new perspectives on adab's multiple meanings and myriad applications for Muslim communities in Malaysia and Indonesia. The chapters examine a wide range of texts including the writings of key Muslim thinkers and contexts, focusing on the everyday experiences of lay Muslims. Drawing on a variety of theoretical and methodological lenses, the essays reveal how 'beautiful behavior' impacts local institutions, cultural practices, and religious imaginations via politics and law, spirituality and piety, ethics and experience. With its careful textual analysis, detailed case studies, and attention to historical continuities and disjunctures, Piety, Politics and Ethics in Southeast Asian Islam is essential reading for students and scholars interested in global Islam and the lived, local contexts of Muslim Southeast Asia.

Table of contents: 

Introduction: Beautiful Behavior in Practice: Expressions of Adab in Southeast Asian Islam, Robert Rozehnal (Lehigh University, USA) Part 1: Adab in Theory and Practice 1. A Javanese King's Lessons on Adab: Pakubuwana IV's 1809 Wulang Reh and Wulang Putri, Nancy Florida (University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, USA) 2. Adat Sopan Santun: Concepts of Propriety in Minangkabau 3. The Diverse and Changing Meanings of Adab in Malay-Indonesian Literature, Muhammad Ali (University of California-Riverside, USA) Part 2: Adab in Piety and Performance 4. They Still Feel the World: Islamic Life Courses, Sufi Ethics and the Possibilities of Worldly Adab in Rural Aceh, Daniel Andrew Birchok (Oberlin College, USA) 5. Adab and Embodiment in the Process of Performance: Islamic Musical Arts in Indonesia, Anne K. Rasmussen (College of William and Mary, USA) Part 3: Adab in Politics and Law 6. Adab as Mass Political Culture, Thomas Pepinsky (Cornell University, USA) 7. Sharia', Adab and the Malaysian State, Timothy P. Daniels (Hofstra University, USA) 8. Beyond Fiqh: Celebrity Preachers and Exemplary Authority in Indonesian Islam, James Bourk Hoesterey (Emory University, USA) Part 4: Adab in Ethics and Experience 9. Gendering Virtues: Contesting Normative Behaviors, Nelly van Doorn-Harder (Wake Forest University, USA) 10. Smoke, Fire and Rain in Muslim Southeast Asia: Environmental Ethics in the Time of Burning, Anna M. Gade (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA) Bibliography Index


Robert Rozehnal is Associate Professor in the Department of Religion Studies at Lehigh University, USA. He is Founding Director for the Center for Global Islamic Studies, Lehigh University, USA, and author of Islamic Sufism Unbound: Politics and Piety in 21st Century Pakistan (2007) and Cyber Sufis: Virtual Expressions of the American Muslim Experience (forthcoming).




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