Ramadan in Java

This book, Ramadan in Java: The Joy and Jihad of Ritual Fasting (ISBN 91-22-02116-7, Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell International), is my Ph.D.-thesis, which I publicly defended in Lund in May 2005. It is primarily a book about how Javanese Muslims live and enjoy Ramadanic fasting, but it is also a book about Indonesian Islam and Ramadan in a wider sense.

List of Contents:

  1. Preliminaries: Knocking on Heaven’s Door
  2. Islam in Java: History, Actors, and Previous Research
  3. Normative Ramadan: The Koran, the Traditions, and the Consensus of the Scholars
  4. Written Ramadan: Contemporary and Popular Indonesian Media Expressions
  5. Lived Ramadan: The Javanese Case
  6. Compared Ramadan: Inward and Outward Perspectives
  7. Analayzed Ramadan: Conclusions and Interpretations

A complete list of contents can be viewed here, and the cover can be found here.

A short abstract can be read here.

If you are interested in getting a copy of all the 451 pages, I will gladly supply you with one for free either in digital or printed form. (If you want a printed copy, you will have to pay the postage, though.) Just drop me a line.

Note also that there is an edited, Indonesian version of this book.

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