Aboe Bakar P.A. Daum

ISBN: 9789062429202

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144 pages


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Aboe Bakar  by  P.A. Daum

Aboe Bakar by P.A. Daum
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Old book, modern themeFirst published as a newspaper feuilleton in 1893, Aboe Bakar chronicles how a young Indonesian man receives a Western education but ends as a Muslim radical when he cannot live up to modern standards. As such, Aboe BakarMoreOld book, modern themeFirst published as a newspaper feuilleton in 1893, Aboe Bakar chronicles how a young Indonesian man receives a Western education but ends as a Muslim radical when he cannot live up to modern standards.

As such, Aboe Bakar experiences the same kind of alienation from Western modernity as can be found in many Western suburbs and among the middle classes in the Islamic world.On the other hand, Aboe Bakar is also a book from the long gone world of colonianism. Adam Silver, as Aboe Bakars real name is, is the stepson of a colonial planter. Adam is the son of the planters concubine , who has cheated on him with an Arab trader in preciosa.

The mixed-race planter is depicted as a country bumpkin who only worries about money and how others perceive him.After failing in his studies in Holland, Adam returns to the Indies when his stepfather is on his deathbed. The inheritance is much smaller than he expected and he has to give up on his Dutch girlfriend.

Luckily there is soon a pretty native replacement. As his stepfather had not recognised him as his child, Adam gets the status of a native. His mother adds that as a native he would better become a Muslim.The book is only partly fictitious: the author based his story upon numerous interviews with an existing person.

This does not mean that the image Mr. Daum paints of Islam is always very correct. There is nothing new under the sun here either.The feuilleton format does not benefit the development of the novel. Every chapter is about six pages long and is a small story in itself, which hinders elaboration. Some parts seem clearly written to create an effect with a newspaper audience. On the other hand, it did not stop Mr.

Daum from showing his (Western) readers the stupidity of their patronising attitude towards the natives and disdain towards Muslims.



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