Islam Observed: Religious Development in Morocco and Indonesia

Paperback | August 15, 1971

byClifford Geertz

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"In four brief chapters," writes Clifford Geertz in his preface, "I have attempted both to lay out a general framework for the comparative analysis of religion and to apply it to a study of the development of a supposedly single creed, Islam, in two quite contrasting civilizations, the Indonesian and the Moroccan."

Mr. Geertz begins his argument by outlining the problem conceptually and providing an overview of the two countries. He then traces the evolution of their classical religious styles which, with disparate settings and unique histories, produced strikingly different spiritual climates. So in Morocco, the Islamic conception of life came to mean activism, moralism, and intense individuality, while in Indonesia the same concept emphasized aestheticism, inwardness, and the radical dissolution of personality. In order to assess the significance of these interesting developments, Mr. Geertz sets forth a series of theoretical observations concerning the social role of religion.

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'In four brief chapters, ' writes Clifford Geertz in his preface, 'I have attempted both to lay out a general framework for the comparative analysis of religion and to apply it to a study of the development of a supposedly single creed, Islam, in two quite contrasting civilizations, the Indonesian and to Moroccan.'

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"In four brief chapters," writes Clifford Geertz in his preface, "I have attempted both to lay out a general framework for the comparative analysis of religion and to apply it to a study of the development of a supposedly single creed, Islam, in two quite contrasting civilizations, the Indonesian and the Moroccan."Mr. Geertz begins his...

Clifford Geertz, an American anthropologist, is known for his studies of Islam in Indonesia and Morocco and of the peasant economy of Java. But he is also the leading exponent of an orientation in the social sciences called "interpretation". Social life, according to this view, is organized in terms of symbols whose meaning we must gra...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 7.92 × 5.27 × 0.4 inPublished:August 15, 1971Publisher:University Of Chicago Press

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ISBN - 10:0226285111

ISBN - 13:9780226285115

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Table of Contents

Preface
1. Two Countries, Two Cultures
2. The Classical Styles
3. The Scripturalist Interlude
4. The Struggle for the Real
Bibliographical Note
Index
Maps
Morocco
Indonesia

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'In four brief chapters, ' writes Clifford Geertz in his preface, 'I have attempted both to lay out a general framework for the comparative analysis of religion and to apply it to a study of the development of a supposedly single creed, Islam, in two quite contrasting civilizations, the Indonesian and to Moroccan.'