"The Politics of Gender and Sexuality of Fundamentalist Muslims and the Politics of Knowledge Production of Feminist Groups in Contemporary Indonesia”
Farid Muttaqin, PhD Student and Fulbright Presidential Fellow Anthropology, SUNY-Binghamton
In this presentation, I intend to discuss how, on the one hand, the politics of gender and sexuality become an integral part of the fundamentalist Muslims’ Islamic political movements and, on the other hand, how the production and circulation of knowledge within feminist groups in the post-Soeharto Indonesia challenge the fundamentalists’ political Islamic agendas. During the post-Soeharto era, the fundamentalist Muslim groups are among the most apparent groups to enjoy the political freedom to articulate their political Islamic agendas and to express their political interests. The democratic transition appears to be a political arena for the fundamentalist Muslim groups in reawakening the Islamic idea of traditional morality that places non-normative gender and sexuality as a threat of the social and moral order. I will discuss two dominant academic agendas within recent Indonesian feminist groups: the feminist interpretation of the Quran and the gender sensitivity training program. I will explore how far the feminist groups deploy these academic agendas to challenge the fundamentalists’ gender and sexual politics. With this focus of discussion, I wish to share understanding about the dynamic political awareness among the feminist groups in dealing with religious fundamentalism in the recent period of Indonesia.
SEAP Graduate Student Committee
PhD Student and Fulbright Presidential Fellow Anthropology, SUNY-Binghamton
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