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Lecture | LUCIS What's New?! Series

What Constitutes Being Muslim in Indonesia: Islamic Expressions, Politics of Contestation and Accommodation in Bima

  • Muhammad Adlin Sila
Thursday 31 March 2022
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What's New?! Spring Lecture Series 2022

This talk undertakes a rich ethnographic study of Bima Muslims of the Eastern Indonesia who constitute their Islamic identities and agencies. The analysis of the Muslims in the region shows that religious practice remains vigorous over such things as prayers, rituals, spirit possession, healings, and life-cycle rituals. Through its exploration of symbols, meanings, material cultures, power relations, the duality of political setting, this talk illuminates a wide range of debates between local politics and everyday Islam, and between the traditionalists and the reformists over the local rituals. It provides the understanding about the cultural politics of Islam in Indonesia and sheds new light on the importance of religion in post-New Order era.

Muhammad Adlin Sila has also published a book on this topic, read more about it here.

About Muhammad Adlin Sila

Muhammad Adlin Sila is now working as a lecturer at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University, Jakarta, Indonesia. He graduted from School of Culture, History and Language (SCHL), ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. Sila’s main research is on religious studies, social sciences, and social anthropology. He has published in: Studia Islamika, Al-Jami’ah, Indonesia and the Malay World, ANU Press, NUS Press, ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute, TAPJA ANU and Bijdragen tot de taal-, land-en volkenkunde/Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia.

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