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Sectarian Translation of the Qur’an in Indonesia: The Case of the Ahmadiyya

In the first half of the 20th century, there were some translations of the Qur‟an available for Indonesian Muslims. However, only Ahmadiyya‟s translation that became influential and widely used. Against the fatwas from the Muhammadiyah and Muhammad Rashid Rida of Egypt, which prohibited the use of Ahmadiyya translation, the translation was used by Indonesian intelligentsia as the main source to know about Islam and could easily
be found in any homes of almost all Muslim scholars at that time. In the first decades after the independence of this country from the Dutch in 1945, Ahmadiyya translation still had a significant place in the discourse of the Qur‟an in this country.
The questions that will be dealt in this paper are the following: Why did Ahmadiyya translation of the Qur‟an has a significant place in the first half of the 20th century Indonesia? What was the appeal of this translation to Indonesian intelligentsia? What is the contribution of this translation to the study of the Qur‟an in this country? This paper
argues that the great success of Ahmadiyya translation, particularly its Dutch version, during the revolution era is based on three reasons: language (Dutch is the language of intelligentsia), content (it fit with the need of intelligentsia who seek a harmonious understanding between religie and wetenschaphen), and form (the only available rendering of the Qur‟an in modern form of publication). In the context of ideology, the reception of Muslim intelligentsia to this translation was mainly for its contribution in defending Islam against the penetration of Christian mission and the coming of antireligion ideologies, particularly materialism and atheism, by strongly challenging their


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