• Justin L Wejak Dosen senior untuk kajian Indonesia pada Asian Centre, univ. Melbourne, Australia


Abstract This paper explains an Islamic eschatology according to Shia, and suggests that []Shia eschatology always has two dimensions – religion and politics – and the two dimensions are inseperable. Discussion surrounding Shia eschatology in this paper is particularly focused on the Mahdism concept and the figure of Mahdi. This paper is thus not intended to make a generalisation about ‘Islamic eschatology’ as if there were only one type of Islam with a single understanding of eschatology. Most Indonesian Muslims are of Sunni type of Islam, and may not share the viewpoint of Shia at all concerning eschatology. The key purpose of this paper is rather to explore one version of understanding of eschatology within Islam in order to provoke further reflection on other perspectives on eschatology. Keywords: Eschatology, Islam, Politics, Religion, Shia, Sunni, Prophet Muhammad, Mahdism, Mahdi Abstrak Tulisan ini menjelaskan sebuah eskatologi Islam menurut Shia, dan mengusulkan bahwa versi eskatologi Shia selalu memiliki dua dimensi – agama dan politik – dan keduanya tak terpisahkan. Pembahasan mengenai eskatologi Shia dalam tulisan ini khususnya berfokus pada konsep Mahdisme dan figur Mahdi, menurut versi Islam Shia. Maka tulisan ini tak dimaksudkan untuk membuat generalisasi mengenai ‘eskatologi Islam’ seolah ada hanya satu jenis Islam dengan pemahaman tunggal mengenai eskatologi. Kebanyakan kaum Muslim Indonesian adalah penganut Sunni, dan barangkali samasekali tak sependapat dengan pandangan Shia tentang eskatologi. Tujuan utama tulisan ini sebetulnya untuk menjelaskan satu versi pemahaman eskatologi dalam Islam agar memprovokasi refleksi lebih lanjut tentang perspektif-perspektif lain terkait eskatologi. Kata-Kata Kunci: Eskatologi, Islam, Politik, Agama, Shia, Sunni, Nabi Muhammad, Mahdisme, Mahdi.

Author Biography

Justin L Wejak, Dosen senior untuk kajian Indonesia pada Asian Centre, univ. Melbourne, Australia
Justin L. Wejak was born and raised in Lembata, an eastern island of Indonesia. He studied philosophy in Flores, theology and anthropology in Melbourne, and is currently a PhD student in history at The University of Melbourne. He is writing on "Catholicism and Communism in Indonesia in the1960s: An Analysis of the Catholic Position on the Coup Attempt of 1 October 1965 and the Ensuing Political Violence of 1965-66." staf pengajar dalam Program Studi Indonesia dan Asia di The University of Melbourne, Australia. Pada tahun 2017 ia menyelesaikan disertasi doktoralnya berjudul: ‘Secular, Religious and Supernatural: An Eastern Indonesian Catholic Experience of Fear (Autoethnographic Reflections on the Reading of a New Order-Era Propaganda Text)’. S2-nya dalam bidang Antropologi juga diselesaikannya di universitas yang sama tempat ia mengajar sekarang. Ia meraih S1 Filsafat di STFK Ledalero. Ia berminat meneliti bidang etnografi ketakutan, identitas, dan kekerasan.


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