Mobilizing Piety: Islam and Feminism in Indonesia

Paperback | September 16, 2013

byRachel Rinaldo

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Islam and feminism are often thought of as incompatible. Through a vivid ethnography of Muslim and secular women activists in Jakarta, Indonesia, Rachel Rinaldo shows that this is not always the case. Examining a feminist NGO, Muslim women's organizations, and a Muslim political party, Rinaldoreveals that democratization and the Islamic revival in Indonesia are shaping new forms of personal and political agency for women. These unexpected kinds of agency draw on different approaches to interpreting religious texts and facilitate different repertoires of collective action - one orientedtoward rights and equality, the other toward more public moral regulation. As Islam becomes a primary source of meaning and identity in Indonesia, some women activists draw on Islam to argue for women's empowerment and equality, while others use Islam to advocate for a more Islamic nation.Mobilizing Piety demonstrates that religious and feminist agency can coexist and even overlap, often in creative ways.

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Islam and feminism are often thought of as incompatible. Through a vivid ethnography of Muslim and secular women activists in Jakarta, Indonesia, Rachel Rinaldo shows that this is not always the case. Examining a feminist NGO, Muslim women's organizations, and a Muslim political party, Rinaldoreveals that democratization and the Islami...

Rachel Rinaldo is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:September 16, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Acknowledgements1. Islam and Feminism in Jakarta2. Islam, Women, and the Public Sphere in Indonesia3. Fatayat and Rahima: Islamic Reformists4. The Prosperous Justice Party: Islamizing Indonesia5. Solidaritas Perempuan: Global Feminism in an Age of Islamic Revival6. ConclusionAppendix A: MethodologyAppendix B: Development IndicatorsReferencesIndex

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"This original study conducted in the world's largest Muslim-majority country strikes me as one of the most interesting and important works on Islam and women in recent years. Rather than pit secularists against religious-minded activists in debates over women's rights, Rachel Rinaldo showsthat the major divide in contemporary Indonesia - as in much of the Muslim world - is more complex, and centers on struggles over what it means to be a Muslim, a woman, and an Indonesian." --Robert Hefner, Professor of Anthropology, Boston University