There are more Muslims in Indonesia than in any other country, but most people outside the region know little about the nation, much less about the practice of Islam among its diverse peoples or the religion’s influence on the politics of the republic. In this illuminating publication, Robert Pringle explains the advent of Islam in Indonesia, its development and, especially, its contemporary circumstances. The author’s incisive writing provides the necessary background and demystifies the spectrum of politically active Muslim groups in Indonesia today.
This is not only a comprehensive, well-balanced and very informative account of past and present developments in Islam in Indonesia but also by far the most readable.
- Jamie Mackie - Emeritus Professor and Visiting Fellow in the Indonesia Project, Australian National
An important book that bridges the gap between the more specialist literature and the – often depressingly ill-informed – comments of journalists and ideologues.
- Merle Ricklefs - Professor, Department of History, National University of Singapore
Robert Pringle is a historian, author and retired American diplomat. He served as a Foreign Service Officer in Indonesia in the early 1970s, specializing in Islamic issues. He has studied Islam in the Philippines and West Africa as well as Indonesia. Pringle has a PhD in Southeast Asian History from Cornell University and a BA from Harvard University in US History. His other published works include A Short History of Bali: Indonesia's Hindu Realm, Rajahs and Rebels: the Ibans of Sarawak under Brooke Rule, Indonesia and the Philippines: American Interests in Island Southeast Asia and Democratization in Mali: Putting History to Work.
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