Java, Indonesia and Islam
Mark R. Woodward’s Islam in Java: Normative Piety and Mysticism in the Sultanate of Yogyakarta (1989) was one of the most important work on Indonesian Islam of the era. This new volume, Java, Indonesia, and Islam, builds on the earlier study, but also goes beyond it in important ways. Written on the basis of Woodward’s thirty years of research on Javanese Islam in a Yogyakarta (south-central Java) setting, the book presents a much-needed collection of essays concerning Javanese Islamic texts, ritual, sacred space, situated in Javanese and Indonesian political contexts.
With a number of entirely new essays as well as significantly revised versions of essays this book is a valuable contribution to the academic community by an eminent anthropologist and key authority on Islamic religion and culture in Java.
-The only contemporary analysis of Javanese palace ritual -Updated account of traditional Javanese healing and its changes in response to modernization -Offers fresh theoretical and methodological perspectives on the ethnographic study of trans-cultural religions -Examines relationships between ethnic and national identities in a multi-ethnic state -Combines ethnographic and text based approaches to the study of religion