Selamat Jalan Prof. Jeff Hadler (12 Januari 2017)


 
“Buku2 telah sampai di Berkeley. Dan walau saya sakit parah, tetap menikmatinya. Makasi! (21/12/2016 22:18)”
 
itulah chatting terakhirku dengan Prof. Jeff Hadler… baru tadi pagi aku tahu kalau sang professor ahli Paderi itu berpulang kembali kepada Sang Pencipta… setelah ia berjuang melawan sakit yang mendera tubuhnya… ada air mata yang mengalir tanpa terasa…
 
2 buku yang kukirim ke Berkeley Amerika di bulan november… “Tiga Sepilin” dan “Biografi Syaikh Ahmad Khatib Al Minangkabawi”… setelah Jeff memintanya lewat facebook kepadaku… lewat pos berperangko, setelah sebulannya berlayar menyeberangi pasifik dan atlantik, akhirnya buku “minangkabau”ku itu sampai di meja Prof. Jeff yang masih berjuang dengan sakitnya…
 
sungguh terasa, bagaimana ia begitu menyintai Minangkabau…
 
2 tahun lalu, karena teramat ingin membaca salah satu buku Minangkabau yang diterbitkan oleh Gre Publishing, ia mengutus mahasiswa PhD nya untuk datang menemuiku di Jogja… selain buku “Etnik Minangkabau” karya Pak Saafroedin Bahar itu, juga kutitipkan beberapa buku2 bertema minangkabau yang juga diterbitkan Gre Publishing…
 
dengan begitu gembiranya, Jeff menyatakan kesediaannya ketika kuminta untuk membuatkan testimoni untuk “Etnik Minangkabau”.
 
“When future scholars are writing the intellectual history of Minangkabau in the 21st century Saafroedin Bahar will be the subject of books and articles. His voice is clear and ethical, adding to the dynamic of the sengketa tiada putus. His “Etnik, Elite, dan Integrasi Nasional” explains the shifting relationship between Minangkabau people and the state from the Revolution through the Konstituante, Demokrasi Terpimpin, and the Orde Baru. Thanks to Pak Saaf we are able to understand how Minangkabau intellectuals were the engines of Indonesian history, and why they so often found themselves on the losing side of that history…” 14/10/2015 10:33…
 
Jeff Hadler telah datang ke Indonesia sejak tahun1985, lewat program AFS… sejak itu, kecintaannya kepada riset ilmiah tentang Indonesia tak pernah pudar.. masterpiecenya “Sengketa Tiada Putus: Matriarkat, Reformisme Islam dan Kolonialisme di Minangkabau” menjadi warisan berharga akan sebuah dedikasi penelitian dan membuka mata dunia tentang sebuah perjuangan revitalisasi agama di Minangkabau… Kaum Paderi…
 
Selamat jalan Prof. Jeff Hadler… terima kasih untuk semua pengabdian dan karya-karya yang engkau tinggalkan untuk kami semua…
 
SEKILAS PROFIL SANG GURU YANG PERGI HARI INI
 
Jeffrey Hadler
 
Associate Professor
M.A., Ph.D. Cornell University (History) 2000
B.A. Yale University (Comparative Literature and Southeast Asian Studies) 1990
 
Jeffrey Hadler teaches about the history and culture of Southeast Asia with a focus on Indonesia. His book, Muslims and Matriarchs: Cultural Resilience in Indonesia through Jihad and Colonialism (Cornell University Press 2008), is an ethnographic history of a Sumatran community in the 19th and early 20th centuries that examines the resilience of matrifocal custom and matrilineal inheritance in the face of attacks from neo-Wahhabi jihad, Dutch colonialism, and “modernity.” It won the 2011 Benda Prize from the Association for Asian Studies. An expanded Indonesian translation, Sengketa Tiada Putus, was published by the Freedom Institute in 2010. Articles include “A Historiography of Violence and the Secular State in Indonesia: Tuanku Imam Bondjol and the Uses of History” (Journal of Asian Studies, 67.3, August 2008); “Translations of Antisemitism: Jews, the Chinese, and Violence in Colonial and Postcolonial Indonesia” (Indonesia and the Malay World 32.94, November 2004); and editorship of the book Indonesia in the Soeharto Years (Lontar 2005; 2nd ed. KITLV and NUS Presses 2007). He has published on ideas of fatherhood and succession in Indonesia, and representations of African-American voice in America. Current research projects include a further analysis of the definition of Minangkabau culture in modern Indonesia, and a reading of the “Night Letters” of the philosopher and abstract painter Nashar in the context of early New Order political culture. (http://sseas.berkeley.edu/people/faculty/jeffrey-hadler)
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