Skip to main content Skip to main navigation menu Skip to site footer

Pemikiran Islam Kontemporer Abdullah Saeed dan Implementasinya dalam Persoalan Murtad

  • Ach Musif Universitas Trunojoyo Madura


Western media coverage on Islam and especially on terror attacks by Muslims has been exaggerated and pejorative. This stereotyping has portrayed Islam as problems. First, Islam is seen as sluggish in responding modernity and the advance of science and knowledge so it always lacks behind the West. Second, Islam is associated with extremism and terrorism which are incompatible with the West. Therefore, the emergence of rational thinking and cosmopolitan approach to Islam promoted by Muslim reformists, such as Abdullah Saeed, are very urgent to encounter such stereotype and discourse on Islam in the West. This article examines Saeed’s method called “progressive Islam”.  By taking one example of conversion (murtād), this article elucidates how the method of ijtihād progressive is applied in one of the most controversial topics in Islamic law. This study shows that the law on murtād, as it was introduced by classical Muslim jurists, is now adopted by Muslim countries. However, such adoption does not have a sound ground on the Qur’anic texts and the Sunnah.


Keywords: Islam progressive, Sharia, 'Abd Allah Saeed, Riddah, Modern


Abu Zahrah, Muhammad. 1994. Ushul Fiqih. Jakarta: Pustaka Firdaus.

Al-Asyhar, Thobieb (ed.). 2003 Fiqh Progresif: Menjawab Tantangan Modernitas. Jakarta: FKKU Press.

Choir, Tholhatul, dkk. 2009. Islam dalam Berbagai Pembacaan Kontemporer. Yogyakarta: Pustaka Pelajar.

IDSS, “Progressive Islam and The State in Contemporary Muslim Societies”. 2006. Laporan Seminar yang diadakan di Marina Mandarin Singapura, tanggal 7-8 Maret.

Kurdi dkk. 2010. Hermeneutika Al-Qur’an & Hadis. Yogyakarta: Penerbit el-SAQ Press.

Laporan Seminar dengan tema Civil and Political Rights (Fundamental Liberties), MIEHRI, Hotel Hilton Malaysia tanggal 16 Mei 2006.

News Letter. 2003. The International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM) No .13 , Desember.

Ramadan, Tariq. 2004. Western Muslims and the Future of Islam,. New York: Oxford University Press.

Saeed, Abdullah. 2006. Islamic Thought An Introduction. London and New York: Routledge.

Safi, Omid (ed.). 2003. “Introduction,” dalam Progressive Muslims: On Justice, Gender, and Pluralism. Oxford: Oneworld.

Tibi, Bassam. 1999. Islam Kebudayaan dan Perubahan Sosial, terj. Misbah ZE dan Zainul Abbas. Yogyakarta: Tiara Wacana.
Article Metrics
Abstract viewed: 136
PDF downloaded: 161
How to Cite
Musif, A. (2015). Pemikiran Islam Kontemporer Abdullah Saeed dan Implementasinya dalam Persoalan Murtad. Ulumuna, 19(1), 79-92.