The UMM Center of Islamic and Philosophy Studies (PSIF) held the second series of dissertation discussion. Dr. Mohammad Nurhakim, MA, a University of Malaya graduated Doctor, discussed his dissertation of “The Revivalism of Islam in Indonesia; the Implementation of Islamic Shari’a by Indonesian Political Parties of PKS and Salafi”.
The discussion which was held on Saturday, December 19 at UMM Senate Assembly Room (RSS) was attended by hundreds participants of academicians, activists and political parties leaders. The main topic of this dissertation is the revival of some Moslem groups, especially PKS and Salafi, in expressing their Islamic Shari’a formalization idea in Indonesia.
Nurhakim said that there are four key terms in his dissertation, namely revivalism, Islamic transnational movement, Islamic Shari’a formalization and democracy. By referencing to John L. Esposito, he stated the concept of revivalism as the revival of groups, ideas, and Islamic culture.
According to Nurhakim, revivalism arose some problems because it always brings the formalization of Islamic Shari’a issues in which can’t be separated along with political problems and interest. “This becomes objects of critic among academicians where Islam becomes commodity to seek power,” said this UMM Islamic Faculty lecturer.
Nurhakim, however, admitted that revivalism can’t be avoided, especially if it is applied as the mission of Islamic transnational movements. One of those movements is by responding on the excesses of the globalization.
“Many bystanders view that there are many factors influenced those excesses, namely the elites’ failures in managing the people, the limited participation of publics, economic disparity and cultural eruption,” he asserted. The characteristics of this phenomenon, as viewed in Islamic context, are the failures of certain political regime and the wide economic disparity.
Nurhakim stated that the endless conflicts and wars in Moslem countrys, especially Palestine, indirectly influence the revivalism of Islamic transnational in Indonesia. “Along with our politic atmosphere becoming more open, we can’t avoid various models of Islamic movement,” he asserted.
Nurhakim said that ideally the existence of those various ideas and movements in Indonesia is a productive things. “Cooperation and harmony become the key terms among those movements, ideas and Islamic organizations in Indonesia so that they can help developing the civilization,” he asserted.
In fact, however, those groups tend to politically cast each other. “This is our homework as Moslems in Indonesia so that this negative trends don’t last long as we live in contemporary era these days,” he asserted.
This dissertation discussion is the second series. In the previous series, the Head of International Relation Office (BKLN), Dr. Abdul Haris, MA, was the speaker. The PSIF Director, Dr. Pradana Boy, MA(AS), said that PSIF will continue inviting some of Doctoral graduates to discuss their ideas. (han/t_rfd)