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Becoming Better Muslims : Religious Authority and Ethical Improvement in Aceh, Indonesia.

Author: David Kloos
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2017.
Series: Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics Ser.
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How do ordinary Muslims deal with and influence the increasingly pervasive Islamic norms set by institutions of the state and religion? Becoming Better Muslims offers an innovative account of the dynamic interactions between individual Muslims, religious authorities, and the state in Aceh, Indonesia. Relying on extensive historical and ethnographic research, David Kloos offers a detailed analysis of religious life  Read more...
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Kloos, David.
Becoming Better Muslims : Religious Authority and Ethical Improvement in Aceh, Indonesia.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2017
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Kloos
ISBN: 9781400887835 1400887836
OCLC Number: 1012882445
Description: 1 online resource (239 pages).
Contents: Cover; Title; Copyright; Dedication; CONTENTS; List of Illustrations; Preface and Acknowledgments; Note on Spelling, Transliteration, and Italicization; Map of Aceh; Introduction: Inner Islam and the Problem of Acehnese Exceptionalism; A Narrative of Violence and Piety; Religious Agency and Ethical Improvement: An Interactive Approach; Ordinary Ethics, Moral Failure, and the Sense of a Life Unfolding; Islam in Aceh as a Subject of Study; Fieldwork; Organization of the Book; 1 History and the Imagining of Pious Aceh; Reconfigurations of Authority; Islam and the Imperial War. Belief and Practice in a Society in FluxIslamic Activism; Violence and the Transformation of the Public Sphere; Conclusion; 2 The Limits of Normative Islam; Occupation, Revolution, Rebellion; Exemplars of Reform; The Limits of Normative Islam; Villages in the New Order; The Lheueh Dispute; Conclusion; 3 Village Society and the Problem of Moral Authority; Beyond the Politics of Violence and Grief; A Crisis of Solidarity; Generation and the Perception of Moral Authority; The Theft from the Dayah; â#x80;#x9C;My Father Is a Good Man but Too Stubbornâ#x80;#x9D. Village Politics and the Reconceptualization of Local LeadershipConclusion; 4 Islamic Scripturalism and Everyday Life after the Disaster; Routines and Debates in a Tsunami-Affected Neighborhood; A Lost Zeal for Business; Heaven Lies under Motherâ#x80;#x99;s Feet; Money, Piety, and Senses of Community; Age, Life Phase, and the Inward Turn; Conclusion; 5 Becoming Better Muslims: Sinning, Repentance, Improvement; Sinning, ShariÊ¿a, and the Moral Pressures of the Postwar, Post-tsunami Moment; Early Life Discipline, Older Age Consciousness: The Repentance of Rahmat; The Responsibilities of Yani. Aris, Indra, and the Morality of Failure and SuccessThe Knowledge of Sins: Competing Models of Ethical Improvement?; Conclusion; Conclusion; Notes; Glossary and Abbreviations; References.
Series Title: Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics Ser.
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How do ordinary Muslims deal with and influence the increasingly pervasive Islamic norms set by institutions of the state and religion? Becoming Better Muslims offers an innovative account of the dynamic interactions between individual Muslims, religious authorities, and the state in Aceh, Indonesia. Relying on extensive historical and ethnographic research, David Kloos offers a detailed analysis of religious life in Aceh and an investigation into today’s personal processes of ethical formation.Aceh is known for its history of rebellion and its recent implementation of Islamic law. Debunking the stereotypical image of the Acehnese as inherently pious or fanatical, Kloos shows how Acehnese Muslims reflect consciously on their faith and often frame their religious lives in terms of gradual ethical improvement. Revealing that most Muslims view their lives through the prism of uncertainty, doubt, and imperfection, he argues that these senses of failure contribute strongly to how individuals try to become better Muslims. He also demonstrates that while religious authorities have encroached on believers and local communities, constraining them in their beliefs and practices, the same process has enabled ordinary Muslims to reflect on moral choices and dilemmas, and to shape the ways religious norms are enforced.Arguing that Islamic norms are carried out through daily negotiations and contestations rather than blind conformity, Becoming Better Muslims examines how ordinary people develop and exercise their religious agency.

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