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Building traditions for bridging differences: Islamic imaginary homelands of chinese-indonesian muslims in east Java

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In Indonesia, the ethnic Chinese minority have been regarded for a long time as an alien segment of the indigenous Indonesian culture. There are actually several historical links between Indonesian culture and Chinese Muslims. The Persatuan Islam Tionghoa Indonesia of East Java (PITIEJ) has established a sacred origin from Cheng Ho’s history as a point of interaction between Islam, China and Indonesia, and proof of the Chinese contribution to the spread of Islam in Indonesia. There are actually several historical links between Indonesian culture and Chinese Muslims. This chapter focuses on Gladney’s findings because it allow us to consider which part of Hui culture the PITIEJ refer to, and ask whether one can be sure that the association can derive its Islamic Chineseness from Hui Muslim culture.

Keywords: Chinese-Indonesian Muslims; ethnic Chinese minority; Hui Muslim culture; PITIEJ



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