Name of the Book: The True Face of Islam-Essays on Islam and Modernity in Indonesia
Author :Nurcholish Madjid
Publisher: Voice Centre, Ciputat, Indonesia, 2003
Pages: 356, ISBN: 979-95248-4-9
Reviewed by: Yoginder Sikan
 
Among the most well-known Indonesian writers on Islam is Nurcholish Madjid, rector of the Paramadina University, Jakarta. This collection of essays is the first major English translation of Madjid's writings. The essays cover a diverse range of issues but are shaped by a common concern for an understanding of Islam that takes into account the myriad challenges that Indonesia is today faced with. They reflect Madjid's quest for developing a contextually relevant interpretation of Islam that, departing from traditional notions in some significant respects, can help in the process of building a pluralist and more democratic society based on social justice.