Islam and the State in Indonesia

Subject ISLM20008 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2011.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1.5-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: 2.5 contact hours/week , 6.0 additional hours/week. Total of 8.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: None.
Corequisites: None.
Recommended Background Knowledge: None.
Non Allowed Subjects: None.
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Dr Michael Ewing
Subject Overview:

This subject should enable students to understand the dynamic of political Islam in the present Indonesia. Students will also study the history of the Islamic movement during the colonial period and after independence in order to understand Islam as a political force within the wider context of domestic political and economic development, as well as the increasing role of Islam in the world. Students will study the changing value orientation of Muslim youth living in the cities, and the dynamic of the pesantren (the Islamic education institution) which exists mostly in rural Java.

  • gain an understanding of the dynamic of political Islam in the present Indonesia. This dynamic has something to do with the more general political and economic development in this country, as well as the increasing importance of Islam as a global political force;
  • be able to understand the increasing tension between the Muslim community and the modern state dominated by the military, as well as the increasing numbers of riots using the banner of Islam;
  • understand the history of the Islamic movement during the colonial period and after the independence will also be discussed while mainly concentrating on the current affairs of the political Islam.

A written test 2000 words, 45% (due mid-semester) , an essay 2000 words 45% (due during the exam period) and class participation 10% (throughout the semester).

Class attendance is required for this subject; if you do not attend a minimum of 75% of classes without an approved exemption you will not be eligible for a pass in this subject. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

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    Breadth Options:

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    Generic Skills:
    • acquire written communication skills through essay writing and seminar discussion;
    • show attention to detail through essay preparation and writing;
    • acquire time management and planning skills through managing and organising workloads for recommended reading, essay and assignment completion;
    • acquire public speaking skills through tutorial and seminar discussion and class presentations;
    • acquire research skills through competent use of the library, and other information sources and the definition of areas of inquiry and methods of research;
    • acquire critical thinking and analysis skills through recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion, and by determining strength of an argument;
    • be able to think in theoretical terms through lectures, tutorial discussions, essay writing and engagement in the methodologies of the humanities and social sciences.
    Notes: Formerly available as 110-020 and 110-429. Students who have completed 110-020 and 110-429 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.
    Related Course(s): Diploma in Modern Languages (Indonesian)
    Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Asian Studies
    Asian Studies
    Asian Studies
    Islamic Studies
    Islamic Studies
    Socio-legal Studies Major

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