Arabic as a language of Islam Nusantara: The need for an Arabic Literature of Indonesia

Nico J.G. Kaptein

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The term Islam Nusantara has been in circulation for a long time, but recently its use has gained a new significance after the 2015 Nahdlatul Ulama Congress in Jombang. Understanding of the term Islam Nusantara differs, but a common feature in all interpretations is the opinion that it is a blend of universal Islamic notions and specific regional cultural elementswith specific Indonesian characteristics, like tolerance, peacefulness and moderation.In the history of Islam in Indonesia different appreciations of Arabic as a language of Islam Nusantara exist. In this paper I want to go into the role of Arabic in Islam in Indonesia and I will argue that for a proper assessment of position of Arabic within the concept of Islam Nusantara an Arabic Literature of Indonesia should be produced.

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islam,islam nusantara, culture islam, arabic, African Islam

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.31291/hn.v6i2.372

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