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Book Synopsis Musaylima

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Book Synopsis
Author: Al Makin
Representing the Enemy: Musaylima in Muslim Literature
Year of Publication: 2010
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2010. XVI, 315 pp., num. fig. and graphs

This work claims that Musaylima served as a prophet for his own people in Yamama in more or less the same way as the Prophet Muhammad in Mecca and Medina. However, unlike Islam, Musaylima's religious movement did not survive. Here, a complete story of Musaylima - his claim of prophethood, qur'an (reading), religious activities, followers, opponents, and defeat - is reconstructed.

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Identifying an Indonesian ‘Osama’

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Al Makin, Yogyakarta | Fri, 05/27/2011 8:00 AM, opinion and editorial The Jakarta Post

Although Osama bin Laden was killed, radicalism on behalf of Islam – as some of the groomed “heirs” to the throne of al-Qaeda have vowed to avenge the blood of the mastermind and many pundits have prophesized in various media – looks to live on. With or without Osama, extremism, which has given birth to various atrocities, bombs and suicide attacks, goes on.

A bomb exploded in Pakistan a week after Osama’s death. In Surakarta, hundreds of men masked their faces as they took an oath on the street rallying to retaliate. A few days later, the anti-terror squad arrested and shot dead more suspected “terrorists” in neighboring Sukoharjo.

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Increased radicalism: The failure of moderate Islam

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Al Makin (the Jakarta Post/17-5-2011)

There is moderate Islam like there is moderate Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism or even Marxism. However, lately we have been confronted mostly with “radical Islam” or worse “terrorism” in the name of Islam.

Islam, an ancient religion born in the Arabian Peninsula during late antiquity and related to an older Semitic religious tradition to which Judaism and Christianity also belong, has recently become a brand name for various bomb and suicide attacks.

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