by FA Noor · Cited by 2 — e-isbn 978 90 4851 682 7 (pdf) e-isbn 978 90 4851 683 4 (ePub) Movement and piety: The Tabligh’s aim of reconstituting the ideal Muslim society 60 hard-line conservatives affiliated to the remnants of the once active Darul. Islam and the forces of Evil (dubbed the Army of the Devil, as we have seen earlier) who are

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Cover illustration: Tablighis preparing for sleep at the Tablighi Jama’at Markaz in Jakarta. Illustration by Farish A. Noor Cover design: Maedium, Utrecht Lay-outServices, Baarn df) ePub) © Farish A. Noor / Amsterdam University Press, Amster All rights reserved. Without limiting the rights under copyright reserved above, no part of this book may be reproduced, stored in or introduced into a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means (elec- tronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise) without the written permission of both the copyright owner and the author of the book.

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ˆ Table of Contents A Note on Proper Names and the Spelling Used in This Book Glossar Introduction Brother Bismillah and My Introduction to the Tablighi Jama’at I At Home Across the Sea The Arrival of the Tablighi Jama’at and Its Spread Across Southeast A network among many: Locating the Tablighi Jama’at in an overcrowded Southeast Asia Landfall and homecoming: The Tablighi arrive in Southeast Asia Touchdown in Jakarta: The arrival and spread of the Tablighi Jama’at across Java Go east, Tablighi: The Tablighi Jama’at’s expansion to Central Java, Go further east, Tablighi: The Tablighi Jama’at’s expansion to East Javao the present A home to call their own: The Markaz Besar of Temboro and the building of the Kampung Madinah Today Java, tomorrow the archipelago: The Tablighi Jama’at spreads Kampung Madinah, again: The Tablighi’s centres in Jala and Sri Pet Unity in dispersion: The Tablighi Jama’at network at a glance Movement and piety: The Tabligh’s aim of reconstituting the ideal Muslim socie

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˙ISLAM ON THE MOVEII Learning to Be The Foundational Literature of the Tablighi Jama’at and Its Role in Defining the Movement The discursive economy of the Tablighi Jama’at: The foundational texts of the Tablighi and the quest for Islamic authenticity From text to discourse: The discursive construction of the Tablighi worldview with the Prophet and his companions as the model Muslim comm Approximated mimesis and the impossibility of perfect imitation Drawing the discursive frontiers of the Tablighi Jama’at: What it is, and what it is not Another discourse, another mindset? The foundational texts of the Tablighi Jama’at as a window to the Tablighi worldview III Learning on the March The Portable, Reader-friendly Literature of the Tablighi Jama’at and Its Role in the Self-identification and Reproduction of the Movement It’s great to be poor: Ustaz Abdurrahman As-Sirbuny’s Untung Jadi Miskin A necessary (though fictitious) evil: Ustaz al-Bama’s cautious use of fiction for the higher good Joy in work: Ustaz al-Enjoy’s report card on the Tablighi Jama’at The commandos of God: Ustaz Fahim’s strategy to defeat the Komando Iblis Onward to India: Ustaz al-Hidayah and the centrality of India The power of the vernacular: Assessing the merits of the Tablighi Jama’at’s portable literature Uniformity of form and mode of production Regularity in presentation and content Oppositional dialectics and the avoidance of direct confrontation A different discourse, a different form of life IV The Stories We Tell The Conversion Narratives of the Tablighi Jama’at and the Internalisation of Tablighi Identity

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˝TABLE OF CONTENTS ‘Then I prayed, “Oh God, please make me happy like them”’: The conversion narrative of Ustaz Talib Zulham ‘Oh how the girls were screaming for me!’: The conversion narrative of Ustaz Haji Ataullah Muhammad Ramzan ‘I realised I was Indian as well’: The conversion narrative of Ustaz Dr. Murshid Ali Khan ‘No, the Tablighi never forgets us’: The conversion narrative of Ustaz Imam Abdullah Suparsono ‘All that we do, we do for Allah, with the Prophet as our model’: The conversion narrative of Cikgu Sidek Saniff, former cabinet minister of Singapore Speaking (and reading, writing and reproducing) a common language- game: The discourse of the Tablighi Jama’at as a form of life Valuing the (Tablighi) present and devaluing the (non-Tablighi) pa Sacrifice and the Spartan spirit: A return to authenticity the hard way Proximity to God and salvation: The personal piety of the Ta V Learning to Be Tablighi The Rule-governed World of the Tablighi and the Disciplining of the Self The normative world of the Tablighi Jama’at: Stage-setting, and the rites and rituals of mutuality and association Dress matters: What you wear is what you are in the world of the Ta Body matters: The disciplining of the body as part of the cultivation of the self among the Tablighi Contempt for the body: Beyond the body and into the self of the Ta Why hasn’t the Tablighi Jama’at fragmented? What do change and conversion mean for the Tablighis? VI How We Look and What We Are The Tablighi Jama’at Framed in the Eyes of Others

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˛˚ISLAM ON THE MOVE The view from the outside: How the Tablighi Jama’at figures in the perspective of political Islamists Enemy at the gates: The construction of the Tablighi Jama’at as a security threat in the discourse of anti-terrorism Worlds within worlds: The Tablighi Jama’at in the age of the war on terr VII Finally, a Summing Up The Tablighi Jama’at as the Complex Thing That It Is Notes Bibliography Index

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