Soldier and Son-in-law, Spreader of the Faith and Scribe: Representations of ʿAlĪ in Javanese Literature

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Abstract

This chapter offers a preliminary exploration of ‘Ali's diverse representations in Javanese manuscript literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and considers what such representations may indicate as to his place in Javanese Muslim society. It opens with an examination of ‘Ali's appearance in the Samud corpus, the Javanese renderings of the Book of One Thousand Questions, an important textual tradition that traversed geographical boundaries across the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia. The second part of the chapter considers ‘Ali's portrayal in additional Javanese texts. The chapter also briefly engage with some of the ways ‘Ali's depictions have been understood and categorized by the few scholars who addressed the significance of his presence in the literature of Java.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationShi'ism In South East Asia
EditorsChiara Formichi, R. Michael Feener
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages51-62
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780190618537, 9780190613150
ISBN (Print)9780190264017, 9781849044363
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Conversion
  • Indonesia
  • Islam
  • Java
  • Literature
  • Religion

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