By Clifford Geertz
"In 4 short chapters," writes Clifford Geertz in his preface, "I have tried either to put out a basic framework for the comparative research of faith and to use it to a learn of the advance of a supposedly unmarried creed, Islam, in relatively contrasting civilizations, the Indonesian and the Moroccan."
Mr. Geertz starts off his argument by way of outlining the matter conceptually and delivering an outline of the 2 nations. He then lines the evolution in their classical non secular types which, with disparate settings and certain histories, produced strikingly varied non secular climates. So in Morocco, the Islamic belief of existence got here to intend activism, moralism, and extreme individuality, whereas in Indonesia a similar suggestion emphasised aestheticism, inwardness, and the novel dissolution of character. with a view to investigate the importance of those attention-grabbing advancements, Mr. Geertz units forth a sequence of theoretical observations about the social position of religion.