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Overcoming the social problems faced by contemporary Acehnese through the social political role of Acehnese clerics (Muslim scholars)

Tengku Muhammad Jamil (Universitas Syiah Kuala, Banda Aceh, Indonesia)

Journal of Islamic Marketing

ISSN: 1759-0833

Article publication date: 5 June 2019

Issue publication date: 14 January 2020




The purpose of this study is to critically understand and find out the socio-political role of the Acehnese ulamas (Muslim scholars) in solving and coping with social issues faced by contemporary Acehnese society.


This study was conducted in the province of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam, especially in the districts of Aceh Utara, Pidie, Aceh Besar, Aceh Selatan and Aceh Timur. The locations were chosen based on the consideration of the objective conditions that many ulamas were dwelling and could easily be found in these areas. Besides, the locations are historically believed as the origins of the Acehnese that are so diverse. In addition, a large number of social problems frequently arose within those regions. The subjects of this research study were a number of community determined by purposive sampling technique. The instruments used for the data collection in this research were observation, in-depth interview and library study; and interpretative understanding was also used to analyze the data.


The existence of the Acehnese ulamas represents the government’s recognition to word the traditional institutional in Aceh. However, some people think that institutions are used by the government to exploit ulama as the mediator between the government and the society. For the Acehnese ulamas, the institution could be used to consolidate their power for the benefit of the people.


The various theories discussed are considered the framework and guidance for this study, especially in terms of data collection and data analysis. The new theories and relevant references will also possibly be added to the following study.



Jamil, T.M. (2020), "Overcoming the social problems faced by contemporary Acehnese through the social political role of Acehnese clerics (Muslim scholars)", Journal of Islamic Marketing, Vol. 11 No. 1, pp. 213-233.



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