Al-Jabri in Indonesia: The Critique of Arab Reason Travels to the Land Below The Winds

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It seems rather unlikely that the writings of a Moroccan philosopher would hold much appeal to Indonesian Muslims. In spite of geographical distance and cultural differences, the ideas of Mohammed Abed al-Jabri have been taken up by both Islamic modernists and traditionalists since his work became known in Indonesia during the mid-1990s. They have been used for shaping an Islamic philosophy of education and the transformation of the notion of ahl al-sunna wa'l-jamāʿa from a doctrinal school (madhhab) into a method (manhaj) for critical discourse analysis, emancipation and empowerment. This chapter maps and traces how al-Jabri’s comprehensive critique of the Islamic heritage has influenced Indonesia’s Muslim intelligentsia, like Ahmed Baso and Amin Abdullah.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIslam, State and Modernity:
Subtitle of host publicationMohammed Abed Al Jabri and the Future of the Arab World
EditorsZaid Eyadat, Francesca Corrao, Mohammed Hashas
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017


  • Islamic Studies
  • Middle East
  • Islam and philosophy
  • North Africa
  • Southeast Asia
  • Politics


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