Kevin Fogg, Indonesia's Islamic Revolution


The history of the Indonesian Revolution has been dominated by depictions of grassroots fighters and elite politicians who thought of it as a nationalistic or class-based war. In this major new study, Kevin W. Fogg rethinks the Indonesian Revolution (1945–49) as an Islamic struggle, in which pious Muslims, who made up almost half the population, fought and organized in religious ways. Muslims fighting on the ground were convinced by their leaders' proclamations that they were fighting for a holy cause. In the political sphere, however, national leaders failed to write Islam into Indonesia's founding documents - but did create revolutionary precedents that continue to impact the country to this day. This study of a war of decolonization in the world's most populous Muslim country points to the ways in which Islam has functioned as a revolutionary ideology in the modern era.


Indonesia’s Islamic Revolution - Title page

Copyright page



A Note on Indonesian Names



1 - Islam in Indonesia before the Revolution

Part I - Islam in Indonesia’s War of Independence

2 - Islamic Calls to Action

3 - Ulama, Islamic Organizations, and Islamic Militias

4 - Magic, Amulets, and Trances

5 - Social Revolution

6 - Darul Islam

Part II - Islam in Indonesia’s Political Revolution

7 - The Jakarta Charter Controversy

8 - The Creation of Masjumi

9 - The Ministry of Religion

10 - Rise of Islamic Socialists

11 - Regional Islamic Parties

12 - The Exit of PSII and the First Fracture of Masjumi

13 - Islamic Diplomacy


Appendix: - Oral History Sources




Kevin Fogg is a historian who's research centres on the place of Islam in Southeast Asia in the 20th century, especially in Indonesia. He is fascinated by how the newly-independent state treated Islam and how Muslims organized themselves to support their own religious life. Dr Fogg is a research associate of the Oxford Centre for Global History. 

See his page on Brasenose College website 


ISBN: 978-1-1087-6821-4