TAWARIKH: International Journal for Historical Studies,
Volume 6(1) October 2014.
Prof. Dr. Dwia Aries Tina Pulubuhu
A Honorable Patron of the TAWARIKH Journal in Bandung, West Java; and Rector of UNHAS (Hasanuddin University) in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia.
What is the meaning if someone has been talking about the “history”? At least, there are two matters if someone talks about the history. Firstly, history as events in the past; and secondly, history as an interpretation toward the events in the past. Generally, if someone has mentioned the word of “history”, so what is intended by him/her is pertaining on his/her interpretations about the events in the past. Certainly, interpretation of the past can serve as guidelines and examples, both to replicate and to be avoided. This is, I think, the importance statement of the Greek language, “Historia Magistra Vitae”, which implies that history is as the teacher of life, or history as better experiences for guiding the human mankind. So, there are many things we can learn and we take the lesson from the historical events in the past.
As a new nation-state that gained the independence in the mid-20th century, Indonesia requires a new interpretation of its historical journey. Historiography, its meaning as the history of historical writing, that has patterned ethno-centric and colonial-centric obviously no longer relevant to the needs of the times. And since the 1950s, initiated the effort to reconstruct the historiography with the genre of national-centric. This effort continues today, with its form a picture of the Indonesian national history, as showed in the standard books entitled “Sejarah Nasional Indonesia” (Indonesian National History) in 1970s as well as “Indonesia dalam Arus Sejarah” (Indonesia in the Historical Mainstream) in 2000s, which has patterned the multidimensional and interdisciplinary study. In other words, to understand the history of Indonesia cannot simply look at the political side of the government alone, but also on all dimensions of life, such as social, cultural, economic, education, art, science, and technology. Likewise, in reviewing the history of Indonesia, it is needed the assistance from other scientific disciplines, so that the historical study is multi- and inter-disciplinary.
Publishing the TAWARIKH journal, I think, is one attempt to support the development of the discipline of history that has the character of multidimensional and interdisciplinary. Thus, since the beginning of its publication in October 2009, the TAWARIKH journal to be opened to receive the research results and ideas from various fields and disciplines, which still exists related to the study of history. However, every field of study and disciplines has had its own history; therefore, it is interesting to know the diachronic element in a study, which would take us to a new awareness and provide a wider horizon of thinking in history.
As seen in the articles presented by the TAWARIKH journal, issue of October 2014, it is not only the historical studies in one area or dimension, for example in politics, and is derived from the Indonesian authors, but also the historical studies from the authors outside Indonesia, especially from Malaysia and India. This shows that the vision and mission of the TAWARIKH journal is opened to give the opportunity to other historians and anyone who is interested in the study of history, both from Indonesia and abroad, to share knowledge and insights on the results of research and thinking about history. I think, the word of “TAWARIKH” itself, clearly, has derived from the Arabic language that meaning of “era, or in the year, or date, or chronicle, and or record as a historical event”. As I stated earlier that interpretation about the historical events is varied.
The authors of Indonesia, for example, a lot of study about the history of art, language, literature, ethnic, political and military, as well as religious leaders. While the authors of Malaysia have presented the history of Malaysian ethnic in one hand, and the importance of history teaching and learning to improve critical thinking skills in others. Regarding this latter study, it is clear that history is not a series of events to be memorized, but also needs to be understood with the ability to think logically and critically. Lastly, the authors of India have examined the issue of Kashmir, as the area of conflict between India and Pakistan, as well as the impact of protracted conflict towards the psychological feeling of the people of Kashmir itself. For forthcoming issues, I hope, the TAWARIKH journal will publish the articles from many countries around the world.
For UNHAS (Hasanuddin University) in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia – in particular the Department of History, Faculty of Humanities in collaboration with the LP2M (Research Institute and Community Service) – felt the need to have the media, in the form of a scientific journal. The results of research and thinking about the history of the TAWARIKH journal, I hope, should be interpreted as “text” or “discourse”. The interpretation of the text and the discourse could lead to a scientific debate for each test and provide new insights to the different perspectives and paradigms. I suppose, by this way, re-assess and critical thinking, continuously, then, a discipline, including the discipline of history, is going to grow and develop. On the contrary, without accompanied by a critical attitude, a discipline will turn into mere ideology or dogma.
Finally, as Rector of UNHAS Makassar, I would like to express our thanks and appreciation to the Minda Masagi Press, publishing entity owned by ASPENSI (Association of Indonesian Scholars of History Education) in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia, which has supported the publication of this TAWARIKH journal. Hopefully this collaboration in the academic publication field will continue in the future. Publishing the scientific journal, I think, is also going to be clearly noted in the history of the institution. And institution without media, in this context is the scholarly journal, is just a nameplate organization, so that it is less well known and does not function as a center for disseminating the critical ideas and research results.
One again, do enjoy to read the articles presented in the TAWARIKH journal, may be useful.
Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia: October 28, 2014.
TAWARIKH: International Journal for Historical Studies,
Volume 6(1) October 2014.
ABDUL RAZAQ AHMAD,
Determination of Teaching Aids and Methods to Inculcate Thinking Skills in History Subjects.
The Structure of Ancient Sundanese Language on the Inscriptions.
ABDUL RASYID ASBA & ISMAIL ALI,
Gypsy from the Oriental: Bajo Ethnic in the Sulawesi Sea.
The Sundanese Pop Music of Nano S. between Adaptation and Tradition.
AB RASHID SHIEKH & ALI MOHD PIR,
Psychological Impact of the Sale Deed.
Malay Emigrants and Their Islamic Mission in South Sulawesi in 16th to 17th Century.
WAWAN HERNAWAN, NINA HERLINA LUBIS & MUMUH MUHSIN ZAKARIA,
Ahmad Sanoesi, 1888-1950: The Leading Figure of Al-Ittihadijatoel Islamijjah.
Learning History from Novel: A Case Study in Arabic Literature.
The Heat of the Sun Rise: The Suffering of Sukabumi People during the Japanese Occupation in West Java, Indonesia (1942-1945).
NANANG GANDA PRAWIRA,
Understanding the Motif Meaning of Dermayon Batik as Women’s Expression.
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