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The Religion of Java Paperback – February 15, 1976

ISBN-13: 978-0226285108 ISBN-10: 0226285103 Edition: New edition

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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; New edition edition (February 15, 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226285103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226285108
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #617,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clifford Geertz is the Harold S. Linder Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He is the author of many books, including Islam Observed and Peddlars and Princes and, with Hildred Geertz, Kinship in Bali (all published by the University of Chicago Press).

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 22, 2001
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Since the release of Clifford Geertzs "The Religion of Java" in 1960, no book dealing with Javanese culture or religon have been written without reference to the work of Geertz. So huge is the influence of this book on Javanese Studies that it has become an impossibility to write about Java and its traditions without consulting this (as it has become) "classic." (The Javanese themselves sometimes consult it!) However, as popular and inevitable as it is, many scholars have a critical view about "The Religion of Java," and the criticism this work has been the object of stems from a variety of reasons. Many scholars of today are of the opinion that Geertz' conclusions do not reflect the Javanese reality (as they percieve it) and thus criticize him on these grounds, but this is somewhat misleading criticism since the Javanese religious and cultural landscape has changed a lot over the last 45 years (Geertz conducted his fieldwork in the late 1950's).
Geertz divides the Javanese society into three "variants," that is Abangan, Santri and Priyayi. With abangan he means those Javanese who are only nominal Muslims, that is the group not performing the five daily prayers prescribed by Islamic law or fasting during the month of Ramadan. The abangan group is the largest variant of religiosity in Java according to Geertz and it is a syncretism of Hindu-, Buddhist-, animistic- and Islamic elements wherein the pre-Islamic elements seem to dominate.
The second "variant" of Javanese religion is the santri, according to Geertz.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AR on June 3, 2013
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this is a legendary book for those who take south east asian studies. highly recommend it for those who study sociology of Islam in Indonesia. i give 4 stars because the book appearance, not because the content. the content is 6 stars for me.
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