By Clifford Geertz

"In 4 short chapters," writes Clifford Geertz in his preface, "I have tried either to put out a common framework for the comparative research of faith and to use it to a examine of the improvement of a supposedly unmarried creed, Islam, in fairly contrasting civilizations, the Indonesian and the Moroccan."

Mr. Geertz starts off his argument by means of outlining the matter conceptually and offering an outline of the 2 nations. He then strains the evolution in their classical spiritual kinds which, with disparate settings and specified histories, produced strikingly varied non secular climates. So in Morocco, the Islamic belief of lifestyles got here to intend activism, moralism, and extreme individuality, whereas in Indonesia an analogous proposal emphasised aestheticism, inwardness, and the novel dissolution of character. which will investigate the importance of those fascinating advancements, Mr. Geertz units forth a chain of theoretical observations in regards to the social function of religion.

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II9-2o8; individual, Time and behavior in Bali, New Haven, 132 Bibliographical be aware at the Conc:pt of 1966; "The effect of the idea that of tradition of guy, Chtcago, Man," in J. Platt, ed. , New perspectives of the character 1966. The connection with Alisdair Macintyre on p. ninety eight is to his "The Logical prestige of spiritual Belief," in Macintyre, ed. , Meta­ actual ideals (london, 1957), pp. 167-21 r. The quotations from Abduh on p. I o6 are from Cragg, Coun­ sels in Islam, pp. 38, 39· Cragg's personal aphorism is to be present in ibid. , p. 37. For a fascinating modern assertion of the scripturalist place vis-a-vis technological know-how and secularism, which char­ acterizes the 2 "strategies" defined within the textual content because the "one­ e-book" and the "two-book" methods (and opts vigorously for the latter), see I. R. Al-Faruqi, "Science and standard Values in Islamic Society," Zygon, 2 ( 1967), pp. 231-46. Index Abduh, Muhammed (Muslim refor­ mer), sixty nine, 7I-72; quote�, Io6 1-maxzen govern­ of (land vs. blad s-siba, seventy eight. See ment): Al-Afghani, Jamal Ad-Pin (Muslim additionally Sultanate Blad s-siba (land of dissidence). See reformer), sixty nine, seventy two Alawites Blad (Moroccan dynasty): upward push of, nine, 30; and sherifian precept, Blad 1-maxzen Brotherhoods. See Zawia 33-35, forty five, forty seven; renascence of, seventy four- Buddhism. See Indic eighty two. See additionally Hassan II; Ismail, Sul­ Burke, okay. , 2 tan Mulay ben Ali; Muhammed V; Christianity, forty six, sixty four, sixty five, I02, II3. Sultanate Almohads (Berber dynasty), five; and ties, five; personality of, Moroccan� 7-8; . reformism, eight, forty six Almoravids (Berber dynasty), five; and reformism, eight, forty six; and marabou­ Indonesian exchange ports, 39; and maraboutism, 50-5I; and scriptur­ alism, seventy two tism, forty three Andalusia towns and cities: and Berber dynas­ (Moorish Spain), eight, nine, Colonialism: in Indonesia, I3, forty- 4I; social and cultural influence of, 70 Anthropology: equipment of, vi-viii; 2o-2I; in Morocco and Indonesia, in comparison, 62-65. See additionally Berber misleading personality of, 22; and the examine of faith, 90-98, ninety nine· See Decree; additionally tradition, idea of lands East Indies; Protectorate Dutch; French; Nether­ incursion into Morocco, 7, logic: and faith, 9I-95, forty six; cultural impact of, eight, nine; and 99-IOO, IOI, I03, I07-I4, II4- Arabs: sherifian precept, 30; and saint worship, 5I I7; and technology, I03 Communism, eighty four, 88 Cragg, okay. : quoted, ro6 Baia (political contract), seventy six, seventy seven. See additionally Sultanate Baraka (religious power): and saint· hood, 32-33. 50-5I; definition, 44-45; and Sufism, fifty two; and the Sultanate, fifty three; and scripturalism, tradition, concept of, ninety four, ninety five, ninety six, 9798, nine 9-Ioo; sociocultural strategy, three, 56-62, 99-I07; "problem of meaning," IOI-02; "force" and "scope," III-I3. See additionally Anthro- pology seventy three· See additionally Holy guy; Marabout; Dutch, four, II, I3; colonial adminis­ Siyyid; Sufi; Sultanate; Zawia of, 40-4I, colonial Bel, A. , forty six tration Berber Decree, 79-80. See additionally Na­ ideology of, sixty four. See additionally Colonial­ sixty three; ism; Netherlands East Indies tionalism; Scripturalism Berbers, five, eight, II, IS, forty three, fifty four; vs.

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