Conversion to Ahmadiyya in Indonesia: Winning Hearts through Ethical and Spiritual Appeals

Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia

Ahmad Najib Burhani
Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia
Vol. 29, No. 3 (November 2014), pp. 657-690 (34 pages)
Published By: ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute

Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community


What is the manner in which Qadiani Ahmadiyya have propagated their beliefs and teachings to Indonesian Muslims and the factors that have attracted people to this movement and led them to convert to Ahmadiyya? What are the social implications of conversion? There is a perception that people’s receptiveness to Ahmadiyya is due mainly to its modernist character. But for Indonesians Qadiani’s most attractive feature is not its modernist stance, but rather its followers’ belief in the coming of the Messiah, its close knit organization and its sober and passionate missionaries. In contrast to members of the Lahore branch of Ahmadiyya, known for its rational tendency, members of the Qadiani branch have in their efforts at propagation of the faith emphasized their distinctive beliefs, such as the natural death of Jesus and the caliphate system. Qadiani Ahmadiyya has also tended to be a mystical movement whose members have a strong belief in supernatural experiences and dreams. They use these experiences and dreams to show God’s preference for them and God’s interference in human relationships, as when God sides with them.

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SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asiais an interdisciplinary journal devoted to the study of social and cultural issues in Southeast Asia. Empirical and theoretical research articles are published with a view to promoting and disseminating scholarship in and on the region. Areas of special concern are ethnicity, religion, urbanization, migration, and development. SOJOURN is published thrice a year, in March, July and November. The journal includes articles, research notes and comments, and book reviews. SOJOURN is on the list of the 100+ most important periodicals in Asian studies selected by the Association for Asian Studies for indexing.

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ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute is a regional centre dedicated to the study of socio-political, security and economic trends and developments in Southeast Asia and its wider geostrategic and economic environment. The institute’s research programmes are the Regional Economic Studies (RES, including ASEAN and APEC), Regional Strategic and Political Studies (RSPS), and Regional Social and Cultural Studies (RSCS). ISEAS Publishing, an established academic press, has issued more than 2,000 books and journals. It is the largest scholarly publisher of research about Southeast Asia from within the region. ISEAS Publishing works with many other academic and trade publishers and distributors to disseminate important research and analyses from and about Southeast Asia to the rest of the world

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