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Religious moderation in Naskah Wawacan Babad Walangsungsang: A Sundanese religious diversity wisdom

Wawan Hernawan, Irma Riyani, Busro Busro
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 77, No 4 | a6773 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v77i4.6773 | © 2021 Wawan Hernawan, Irma Riyani, Busro Busro | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 April 2021 | Published: 02 November 2021

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Wawan Hernawan, Department of Religious Studies, Faculty of Ushuluddin, Islamic State University Sunan Gunung Djati Bandung, Bandung, Indonesia
Irma Riyani, Department of Ilmu Alquran dan Tafsir, Faculty of Ushuluddin, Islamic State University Sunan Gunung Djati Bandung, Bandung, Indonesia
Busro Busro, Department of Religious Studies, Faculty of Ushuluddin, Islamic State University Sunan Gunung Djati Bandung, Bandung, Indonesia


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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to analyse the teachings of religious moderation contained in the Wawacan Babad Walangsungsang script. This research employs a qualitative method with philology as the main analysis of the data, namely manuscript inventory, script description, script transfer, and language translation. The script shows the story of Prince Walangsungsang’s journey in search of spirituality, specifically Islam. Interestingly, he learned his spirituality through many non-Muslim teachers until he finally met Sheik Datuk Kahfi in Bukit Amparan Jati. The result of this study shows that upon his spiritual journey while gaining knowledge he experienced magical scenery. The conclusion is the willingness of prince Walangsungsang to learn knowledge and ajimat from Budhaprawa teachers, the openness and support of Budhaprawa teachers about the Prophet’s shari’a and the explanation of Sheikh Datuk Kahfi (Muslim) for the religious search conducted by Prince Walangsungsang shows the beauty of speech that is rich with nuances of religious moderation.

Contribution: This research is important as a basic reference for religious moderation, which is rooted in the local wisdom of the Sundanese culture and tradition and can be adopted to spread those in our interaction with other religions.


Keywords

teaching; religion; moderation; script; Wawacan

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