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Indonesia’s Islamic studies revisited

  • Akh. Muzakki

Surabaya   /   Fri, November 23 2012   /  10:07 am

Religious studies have become the subject of heated debate among Indonesian scholars regarding whether or not they represent a particular and distinct discipline of knowledge. Some acknowledge them, but some others don’t. But, following the enactment of Law No. 12/2012 on higher education, controversy has shifted from the academic position of religious studies to the development of their body of knowledge.

Religious studies with special reference to Islamic studies are now increasingly being reviewed. The reason for this is because the law, specifically in paragraph 10 of Article 1-3, delivers two important mandates. First, the science of religion has been affirmed as a particular science, which is different from other sciences, including social and humanities. Second, as a consequence, efforts to develop the science of religion are not negotiable in the frame of strengthening r...