Islam, Arsip, dan Arsipelago

Sebuah Refleksi Keindonesiaan

  • Zacky Khairul Umam Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies


The term arsipelago or “archivelago” in this paper literally means the assemblage of plural archives which have their contextual foundation, i.e. geographical significance in Indonesia as an archipelagic cultural sphere. Its chief principle connects to the value of diversity as revealed by the manifests of a variety of cultural expression. The principle cognates with the nature of archival survival in the country. There is no single island of an archive, but there are imaginative islands of archives. The tendency to fold archive as monotonous through the series of political repercussion should be provincialized, as the polyphonic voices of the arsipelago unfold the untold narratives of people. Within this articulation, archives related to Islam(s) and Muslims in Indonesia have to be rediscovered, after the long period of negation, partly because of the symbiosis between late colonial legacy and the perpetual ignorance of Indonesian elites to value archive as power/knowledge.


Download data is not yet available.

Author Biography

Zacky Khairul Umam, Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies

Kandidat Doktor Bidang Sejarah dan Studi Islam di Freie Universität Berlin, Jerman


Ahmed, Shahab. 2015. What is Islam? The Importance of Being Islamic. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Blouin Jr., and Rosenberg (eds.). 2006. Archives, Documentation, and Institutions of Social Memory: Essays from the Sawyer Seminar. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan, 2006.
Chamberlain, Michael. 1994. Knowledge and Social Practice in Medieval Damascus, 1190-1350, Cambridge, 1994.
Derrida, Jacques. 1996. Archive Fever. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
Foucault, Michel. 1972. Archaeology of Knowledge, London & New York: Routledge.
Laffan, Michael. 2002. Islamic Nationhood and Colonial Indonesia, London & New York: Routledge.
Görke, Andreas, & Konrad Hirschler. 2011. Manuscript Notes as Documentary Sources, Beirut: Orient Institut Beirut.
Hirschler, Konrad. 2012. The Written Word in the Medieval Arabic Lands. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Hirschler, Konrad. 2016. Medieval Damascus: Plurality and Diversity in an Arabic Library. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Hirschler, Konrad. 2016. “From Archive to Archival Practices: Rethinking the Preservation of Mamluk Administrative Documents”, Journal of the American Oriental Society 136.1 (2016).
Osterhammel, Jürgen. 2010. Die Verwandlung der Welt: Eine Geschichte des 19. Jahrhunderts. München: C.H. Beck.
Pedersen, Johannes. 1984. The Arabic Book. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Rosenthal, Frantz. 1947. The Technique and Approach of Muslim Scholarship. Roma: Pusat Kajian Bibel.
Toer, Pramoedya Ananta. 1989. Rumah Kaca. Jakarta: Hasta Mitra.
How to Cite
UMAM, Zacky Khairul. Islam, Arsip, dan Arsipelago. Jurnal Sejarah, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 1, p. 105 - 120, aug. 2017. ISSN 2581-2394. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 19 sep. 2021. doi: