Past event

Research Event

Cultural Islam, Civil Islam, Cosmopolitan Islam: Mediating Alternative Islamic Discourses in Indonesia

Chatham House, London

Asia Programme

Participants

Speaker: Dr Carool Kersten, Lecturer in Islamic Studies, King's College London
Chair: Kirsten Schulze, Associate Fellow, Asia Programme, Chatham House

Overview

Since the post-Suharto Reformasi there has been an increased interest in the role of Islam in Indonesian public life, with a particular concern on the part of both security specialists and the media for the political agendas of radical (violent) Islamists and their alleged connections to transnational networks. The speaker will discuss what he calls 'alternative Islamic discourses' developed by a new type of Muslim intellectual that have had a more widespread and sustained influence on Indonesian society.

Dr Carool Kersten is a lecturer in Islamic Studies at King's College London. His research interests include the history of Islam in Southeast Asia, contemporary Muslim thought, intellectual history of the (post)modern Muslim world, Islam in global and interregional contexts.

To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.

The Chatham House Rule

To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.