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Improvisational IslamIndonesian Youth in a Time of Possibility$
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Nur Amali Ibrahim

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781501727856

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501727856.001.0001

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(p.7) Introduction
Improvisational Islam

Nur Amali Ibrahim

Cornell University Press

This chapter explains the main concept of the book, religious improvisation, or how the practice of Islam involves trial and error and is contingent upon context. The possibility for religious improvisation has been enhanced in Indonesia’s transition from authoritarianism and democracy, which is why both conservative Islamists and liberal Muslims—the main actors shaping Indonesian democracy—are participating in it. Religious improvisation produces part-Islamic, part-Western assemblages. Such hybrid practices may indeed seem strange and surprising, and they importantly challenge dominant assumptions that Islam is external to Western secular liberalism.

Keywords:   Improvisation, Surprise, Global assemblages, Everyday Islam

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