Title of Chapter/Section

Foreword to the International Edition

Title of Book

Islam, Culture, and Education

Editor(s) of Book

A. Chaedar Alwasilah


School of Education, Leadership, and Public Service

Document Type

Book Section/Chapter

Place of Publication

Bandung, Indonesia


PT Remaja Rosdakarya

Year of Publication


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This book is an important collection of essays on the rich mosaic of contemporary challenges faced by Indonesia. A. Chaedar Alwasilah, Ph.D., is a professor of education at Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (Indonesian University of Education) and a social philosopher in the tradition of such as Josef Popper-Lynkeus (1838-1921) of Austria. Both the Indonesian and non-Indonesian reader will find amply witnessed in these essays the importance of his work and will relish and benefit from a resulting essential interaction of close observation, local wisdom, and help for Indonesia. Professor Alwasilah’s embeddedness, as an Indonesian himself, shines through in each essay because he is an astute and culturally sensitive observer, critic, and mentor of preferred futures for Indonesia. He is deeply concerned about and carefully observant of the social milieu in which he walks daily, ardently seeking suggestions and directions for progress. One finds in this book a wide-ranging variety of deeply penetrating analyses of Islam, cultural, and academics. After perceptively characterizing the present situation, Professor Alwasilah boldly, discerningly, and yearningly offers penetrating ideas in enough detail to make his counsel helpful and practical. He proposes doable, collaborative, and courageous counsel to construct paths to preferred futures, which he suggests are both desirable and reachable.