Salihara Theater


Public Lecture Series
Islam and Mysticism in the Indonesian Archipelago: Hamzah Fansuri, Ronggowarsito, Hasan Mustapa
Speakers: Abdul Hadi W.M., Herman Sinung Janutama, Hawe Setiawan
Teater Salihara | Saturdays, July 21, 28 & August 04, 03:30 PM
Register by July 20, 2012

Saturday, July 21, 2012, 03:30 PM
Hamzah Fansuri and Wahdatul Wujud (pantheism)
Speaker: Abdul Hadi W.M.

Islam dan Mistisisme Nusantara
Islam tinged with mysticism is regarded as a characteristic of Islam in the Indonesian Archipelago.  The success of Islam in spreading teachings which were peaceful and easily accepted was because it absorbed local mystical elements which were already practiced, besides maintaining its original character.  Classic literary works of the archipelago as well as those which came later—such as works written by Hamzah Fansuri, Ronggowarsito, and Hasan Mustapa—show how Islamic mysticism agreed completely with the localities, and these books continue to be references for those following the mystical path or mystical sects.

Hamzah Fansuri was a sufi scholar and writer who lived in the 16th and 17th centuries in the Sultanate of Aceh.  His works, among others Syair Perahu, are known for having the concept of wahdatul wujud (pantheism). His mystical teachings were very much influenced, among others, by the ideas of Ibnu Arabi and Al-Hallaj. Meanwhile Ronggowarsito was an eminent Javanese poet who lived in the Kasunanan Palace of Surakarta in the 19th century.  He wrote a number of mystical books such as Serat Kalatida and Wirid Hidayat Jati. Hasan Mustapa was a scholar and important Sundanese poet.  His famous work is 10,000 dangding verses which talk about mysticism, especially the relationship between God and His servants, which is regarded as the concept of wahdatul wujud (pantheism).

These lectures will present speakers Abdul Hadi W.M., poet and lecturer in the Study Program on Philosophy and Religion at Paramadina University, Jakarta, Herman Sinung Janutama, researcher on Javanese manuscripts, and Hawe Setiawan, researcher on Sundanese literature and lecturer at Pasundan University, Bandung.

Following the lectures, refreshments for breaking the fast will be provided.

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