Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Crescent Arises over the Banyan Tree: A Study of the Muhammadiyah Movement in a Central Javanese Town, c.1910s-2010 (Second Enlarged Edition)

Mitsuo Nakamura, author
Pub Date: 2012
Soft cover ISBN: 978-981-4311-91-5        S$59.90/US$52.90
Publisher: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
No. of pages: 429
About the Publication Part One of this book is based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted by the author during 1970-72 on a local branch of the Muhammadiyah in the town of Kotagede, a suburb of Yogyakarta, Indonesia. This work, first published in 1983, observed that the Muhammadiyah social and educational movement had reformed traditional Javanese Islam into a vital living faith and adapted Muslim life to modernity. The author was one of the first scholars who had noted that there was continuing Islamization in Indonesia and predicted its progress in the future.

Part Two is based on the author's three decades of follow-up visits to the Kotagede from the 1970s to 2010. During this period, the Muhammadiyah movement made enormous advancements, enough to to make the town known as a "Muhammadiyah town". On the national level, the Muhammadiyah has grown to be the second largest Islamic civil society organization (after the traditionalist Nahdlatul Ulama) in Indonesia, with millions of members and supporters. Yet, the wider environment for it has been altered greatly by urbanization, diversification and globalization. It is also facing unprecedented challenges arising from calls for democratization in the post-Soeharto era. The longitudinal study in this volume depicts the most recent dynamics of the Muhammadiyah movement in a local as well as transhitoric context.
Table of Contents
The Crescent Arises over the Banyan Tree: A Study of the Muhammadiyah Movement in a Central Javanese Town, c.1910s-2010 (Second Enlarged Edition)
Preliminary pages
1. Introduction: The Islamization of Java
2. Kotagede under the Banyan Tree: Traditional Society and Religion
3. The Beginning of the Muhammadiyah: Court Religious Officials and the Urban Middle Class
4. The Development of the Muhammadiyah: Religion and Social Action
5. The Sociology of Ummat Islam: Structure and Anti-Structure
6. The Ideology of the Muhammadiyah: Tradition and Transformation
7. Conclusion: Re-Islamization of Java and Postscript to Part I
8. Social Changes in Kotagede, 1972-2010
9. The Achievements of the Muhammadiyah
10. Internal Dynamics of the Muhammadiyah Movement
11. Challenges Facing the Muhammadiyah
12. Festival Kotagede: Conflict and Integration
13. The May 2006 Earthquake and Reconstruction of Kotagede
14. Concluding Remarks: Future of the Muhammadiyah and Postscript to Part II
About the Author
Parts of this book can be downloaded for free from the following link:

About the Author

Mitsuo Nakamura is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, Chiba University, Japan. After obtaining a Ph.D. from Cornell University, he has engaged in teaching and/or research at various institutions including University of Adelaide, University of Indonesia, the Australian National University, Harvard University, and Chiba University until his retirement from the latter in 1999. He has been, and still is, a close observer of the contemporary Islamic social movements in Indonesia, covering not only Muhammadiyah but also Nahdlatul Ulama and others. His recent "revisit" to Kotagede was his personal project to commemorate academically the centennial of Muhammadiyah, established in 1912.  

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