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Webinar: “Islam in Southeast Asia or Southeast Asian Islam?” Dr. Carol Kersten (King’s College London)

September 2, 2020 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

In 2016, the Indonesian Islamic mass organization Nahdatul Ulama launched an international advocacy campaign for promoting Islam Nusantara, or Southeast Asian Islam, as a tolerant variant of the world’s second largest religion with global significance and relevance. The initiative is also a demonstration of growing assertiveness on the part of Indonesian Muslim leaders and intellectuals.

In this lecture the notion of Islam Nusantara is used to tie together my two main research interests: The Islamization of Southeast Asia and the intellectual history of the modern Muslim world, which have been the subject of four monographs. After a diachronic reflection on the arrival, adoption and adaptation of Islam in Southeast Asia, the focus will be narrowed to Indonesia; relating key features of Islam Nusantara to intellectual debates among Indonesian Muslims about the place of religion in the world’s most populous Islamic nation state since the regime change (1998/9) on the eve of the new millennium. For more information, visit here. Registration required in advance.

Sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies.


September 2, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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