Indonesia’s ‘Young Turks’: Contemporary Muslim Thought Below the Winds

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Dialogue Society, London

Dr Carool Kersten

Dr Carool Kersten

Lecturer in Islamic Studies, Kings College London

Dr Carool Kersten is a lecturer in Islamic Studies at King's College London. His research interests include the intellectual history of the contemporary Muslim world, Islam in Southeast Asia, alternative Islamic discourses, and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of Islam.

Media coverage of current affairs affecting the Islamic world or ‘Muslim diaspora’ in the West is not only primarily focuses on political Islam, but also tends to amplify its radicalized and extremist aspects. Much less attention is paid to other strands of thought, especially when they are outside the immediate purview of the political.

These alternative discourses appear to be particularly vibrant on the geographical peripheries of the Muslim world. This presentation explores the emergence of ‘new Muslim intellectuals’ in Indonesia during the final decades of the twentieth century and at the beginning of the new millennium. As a secondary thesis it suggests that, in spite of vast cultural differences, there are some remarkable similarities between the contemporary Indonesian and Turkish experiences.

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