This compilation for an English-speaking readership of writing by Muslim intellectuals demonstrates the variety of ways in which the Qur'an is studied in contemporary Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country. The thirteen essays come from established and emerging scholars and address topics such as new methods of approaching the Qur'an, Islamic law reform, human rights, inter-faith relations, the struggle by women for equal rights, and the use or misuse of Qur'anic symbols. They reflect the interests and approaches of a new generation of Indonesian Muslim scholars who seek guidance from the religious texts within a contemporary context. The writings represent a creative effort to project new ideas and to affirm that Islam and the Qur'an are in a broad sense compatible with the aspirations of Indonesian Muslims today. This volume of essays is the first to demonstrate the variety of scholarship on the Qur'an in the English language.
Lucidly written and judiciously selected, the eleven chapters of this book make an invaluable contribution to studies of contemporary Islamic thought in general, and to Indonesian studies in particular. Osman Bakar, Professor of Islamic Thought and Civilization, International Islamic University of Malaysia, and Senior Fellow, Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University this fine book sets out authoritatively and clearly a variety of understandings and interpretations which reflect the dynamism that underpins Indonesian Islam today. M. C. Ricklefs, Visiting Professor, National University of Singapore; Adjunct Professor, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University; Honorary Professor, Monash University Saeed must be congratulated for putting a book together which delivers a well-balanced overall picture of the many facets of Qur'anic studies in Indonesia. Holger Warnk, Asien - The German Journal on Contemporary Asia, No. 104 ...aptly described by the editor...'to make available to the English-speaking audience a sample of writings on Qur'an-related topics by intellectuals from the world's most populous Muslim country...and by a range of Indonesian authors'. Muhammad Zainiy Uthman, Journal of Islamic Studies, Vol. 18, No. 3
1: Abdullah Saeed interpretation and the Indonesian context: Introduction: the Qur'an, interpretation and the Indonesian context
2: Anthony H. Johns: Qur'anic exegesis in the Malay world with particular reference to Indonesia
3: Dawam Rahardjo: The methodology of Itafsir and access to the Qur'an
4: M. Amin Abdullah: Il-Ta'wil al-'ilmi: towards a transformation of the interpretation paradigm for holy texts
5: Taufik Adnan Amal and Samsu Rizal Panggabean: A contextual approach to the Qur'an
6: Milhan Yusuf: Hamka's method in interpreting legal verses of the Qur'an
7: Kusmana and Muhammadiyah Amin: Purposive exegesis: a study of Quraish Shihab's thematic interpretation of the Qur'an
8: Ratno Lukito: Sacred and profane law in the Indonesian context: the case of the bequest vase
9: Ro'fah Mudzakir: The Indonesian Muslim women's movement and the issue of polygamy: the Aisyiyah interpretation of Qur'an 4:3 and 4:129
10: Lies Marcoes-Natsir: Abortion and the Qur'an: need for reinterpretation in Indonesia?
11: Masdar Farid Mas'udi: Zakãt, an ethicalconcept of taxation and the state: a reinterpretation of the third pillar of Islam
12: Nurcholish Madjid: Interpreting the Qur'anic principle of pluralism and peace
13. The use and abuse of Qur'anic verses in contemporary Indonesian politics: Azyumardi Azra:
14. Controversy around H.B. Jassin: a study of his Al-Quranu'l Karim Bacaan Mulia and al-Qur'an al-Karim Berwajah Puisi: Yusuf Rahman: