Ramadan in Java the joy and jihad of ritual fasting by Andre Moller pdf

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Ramadan in Java the joy and jihad of ritual fasting by Andre Moller pdf free download

Ramadan in Java the joy and jihad of ritual fasting by Andre Moller pdf free download. Fasting during the holy month of Ramadan is both a joy and a jihad for the Islamic community in Java, and it is arguably the most highly esteemed ritual in Muslim Indonesia (and beyond). To be given the opportunity to abstain from food, drink and sexual relations from the wee hours of the morning until sunset during an entire month in a tropical climate—only to fill the nights with additional and supererogatory Ramadanic rituals—is thus waited upon each year and seen as a true blessing.

Ramadan in Java the joy and jihad of ritual fasting by Andre Moller pdf free download

This is, according to the Javanese, what rightly can be denoted as the “greater jihad.” It is thus a struggle or exertion (jihad) that is both harder and more important within Islam than the “lesser jihad,” or physical warfare, and it is directed towards one’s own self and
worldly desires. The subtitle of this work seeks to mediate this Javanese attitude towards Ramadanic fasting. It should be noted, however, that I do not mean that “joy” and “jihad” by necessity should be understood as contrasting with each other here. Indeed, “joy” may work synonymously with “jihad,” and in not so few instances I believe it does in the case of Ramadan in Java. There is, so to say, an immanent joy in engaging in Ramadanic jihad.

Ramadan in Java the joy and jihad of ritual fasting by Andre Moller pdf free download

Ramadan in Java the joy and jihad of ritual fasting by Andre Moller pdf free download


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