Batuah, Datuk
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Ahmad Khatib gelar Haji Datuk Batuah, born in 1895 to an aristocratic Minangkabau family, in West Sumatra, was a prominent advocate of the fusion of Marxism and Islam, locally known as Islamic Communism. He studied in Mecca from 1909 to 1915, and on returning to West Sumatra became a principal assistant of Haji Rasul (Abdul Karim Amrullah, 1879–1945), a pioneer of Indonesian religious modernism and head of the Sumatra Thawalib school, which was established in Padang Panjang in 1918 and inspired a mod…

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McVey, Ruth T., “Batuah, Datuk”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 14 November 2018 <>
First published online: 2009
First print edition: 9789004181311, 2009, 2009-4

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