James R. Rush has passionately devoted a great amount of effort and time to write this book about an Indonesian figure who conceptualized Islam for Indonesia during the nation's important formative years. He writes about this man, well-known as Hamka or Haji Abdul Malik Karim Amrullah, reflectively, sometimes a bit dramatically, against the backdrop of notable historical details. Rush provides some astonishing stories of Hamka's life, from his childhood until his ultimate death, in Hamka's Great Story: A Master Writer's Vision of Islam for Modern Indonesia. Along the way, readers will find stories of his intricate relations with people around him, his efforts to introduce modernist Islam, the challenges he faced in helping to shape Islam for the young nation through his “love-hate” relationship with the government, and his personal “pets” such as his sedan and Rolex, which he acquired thanks to royalties for his best-selling books in Malaysia...

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