Java: Formal Religion and the Inward Land
Lectures from the Indonesia Heritage Tour
The Land of Java, Indonesia is a place with an astonishing past and present. How did an island at the centre of historic Buddhist and Hindu empires transform into a key part of the most populous Muslim country on earth? And what can we learn from the legacy of the scholars and saints who are credited for that change?
In Java: Formal Religion and the Inward Land, Nani Abdul Rahman & Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad take us through the history of Islam in Java through a series of lectures that help contextualise the cultural traditions and practices of present day Muslims there, and elucidate on the incredible and lasting impact of the Wali Songo – the Nine Great Luminaries of Java – for whom local art and poetry were tools of choice for the spread of Islam.
Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad (Dr Timothy Winter) was educated at Cambridge, Al-Azhar and London universities. He is currently the Shaykh Zayed Lecturer of Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Divinity at Cambridge University and Director of Studies in Theology at Wolfson College. He has published and contributed to numerous academic works on Islam, including as Director of the Sunna Project, and is a leading figure in inter-faith activity, notably as one of the signatories to the Common Word statement. He is well-known as a contributor to BBC Radio 4’s ‘Thought for the Day’.
Cambridge Muslim College was the original vision of Abdal Hakim Murad, who continues to oversee and contribute to its work. More: https://cambridgemuslimcollege.ac.uk/about/people/
Nani Abdul Rahman was raised by the sea under the care of a Javanese lady who was her primary nursemaid. She studied Bahasa and classical Malay literature at the feet of her mother. At present, she is deepening her knowledge in the Javanese language, sung poetry and sacred dance under the guidance of traditional teachers in Central Java.
Nani received her legal education at Harvard Law School as a Fulbright and Khazanah scholar and the International Islamic University Malaysia. She currently works for an investment firm and lives with her Javanese Keeper in Singapore.
StartLecture 1: Introduction to the Wali Songo & Islam in Java – Abdal Hakim Murad (13:50)
StartLecture 2: Setting Our Intention (Opening Night) – Abdal Hakim Murad (17:35)
StartLecture 3: The Nature of Java (Opening Night) – Nani Abdul Rahman (33:56)
StartLecture 4: Outward and Inward – Abdal Hakim Murad (51:34)
StartLecture 5: Reflections on Borobodur – Abdal Hakim Murad (60:55)
StartLecture 6: Tour Lessons and Takeaways – Nani Abdul Rahman (32:36)
StartLecture 7: Looking Within – Abdal Hakim Murad (44:22)
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