Wieringa, Edwin P. (2019). A nativist defence of Javanism in late 19th-century Java The Suluk Gatoloco and its co-texts in the Serat Suluk Panaraga compilation. Indones. Malay World, 47 (139). S. 335 - 353. ABINGDON: ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD. ISSN 1469-8382

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The Suluk Gatoloco is a notoriously anti-Islamic satirical narrative poem, composed anonymously sometime in 19th-century Java. This article challenges Pigeaud's hypothesis that it once belonged to the curriculum of Islamic religious schools in Panaraga. The contents of the so-called Serat Suluk Panaraga, i.e. a two-volume compilation of texts on Islamic mysticism and theology, kept in the Berlin State Library (Ms. or. oct. 3999 and 4000), is discussed in some detail, showing that it contains variegated teachings. The version of the Suluk Gatoloco in the Berlin manuscript is close to Philippus van Akkeren's 1951 edition, but exclusively concentrates on the theological disputes of Gatoloco with his scripturalist Islamic adversaries. The argument in Gatoloco's narrative is built upon a discourse of 'turning to the origins'. At a time when the traditional Javanese way of life was threatened by Dutch colonialism and 'Arabised' Islam, the Suluk Gatoloco constituted a nativist defence of indigenous customs which must have struck a chord among educated Javanese readers, but it is hardly conceivable that students of Islamic boarding schools were its primary readers. The Serat Suluk Panaraga was originally compiled in 1894 and it was copied in 1901 in Blora on behalf of a Dutch colonial administrator called Paardekooper (1857-1905). This compilation is one among many more Javanese texts in Paardekooper's overall copying programme which focused on the reading material of the Javanese bureaucratic elite.

Item Type: Journal Article
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URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-141389
DOI: 10.1080/13639811.2019.1652436
Journal or Publication Title: Indones. Malay World
Volume: 47
Number: 139
Page Range: S. 335 - 353
Date: 2019
Place of Publication: ABINGDON
ISSN: 1469-8382
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Fächergruppe 4: Außereuropäische Sprachen, Kulturen und Gesellschaften > Orientalisches Seminar
Subjects: no entry
Uncontrolled Keywords:
Asian StudiesMultiple languages
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/14138


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