Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
The aim of the Indonesian Journal of Islam and Muslim Societies is to “cover Islam both as a textual tradition with its own historical integrity and as a social reality which was dynamic and constantly changing. The journal also aims at bridging the gap between the textual and contextual approaches to Islamic Studies; and solving the dichotomy between ‘orthodox’ and ‘heterodox’ Islam.” The journal is sponsored by the Postgraduate Program State Institute of Islamic Studies (IAIN) Salatiga, Indonesia, and has an international editorial / advisory board.
The contents of the latest two issues available at the time of this review, Volumes 4 and 5, for 2014 and 2015, can give you a good idea of the material to be found in the journal. They offer the following articles: “Teaching religions in Indonesia Islamic Higher education: from comparative religion to Religious Studies,” “The Impact of digitization on the religious sphere: televangelism as an example,” “Pattani central mosque in Southern Thailand as sanctuary from violence,” “Model of strategies in developing Islamic thought through curriculum: a study of Sumatra Thawalib,” “Methodology of Islamic psychotheraphy in Islamic boarding school Suryalaya Tasik Malaya,” “Modification of character education into akhlaq education for the global community life,” “Coping with religious tolerance and gender equality: comparing Islam and good governance perspectives,” “Revisiting Indonesian public reactions against Danish cartoons depicting prophet Muhammad,” “Mediatization of religion in “texting culture”: self-help religion and the shifting of religious authority,” “Pluralism in the perspective of Semitic religions,” and “The roots of gender bias: misogynist hadiths in pesantrens.”
This title is valuable for the perspectives it provides for Islamic studies in Indonesian societies. It achieves its aim of “bridging the gap between the textual and contextual approaches to Islamic Studies” and will be useful to researchers in these areas.