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Wednesday, September 18th, 2019
Iran's Arduous Journey: After 40 Years of The Islamic Revolution
Iran's Arduous Journey: After 40 Years of The Islamic Revolution
The Islamic Revolution of Iran marks its 40th anniversary this year since the popular movement led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini succeeded in dethroning the Western-backed Shahanshah (King of Kings) Mohamed Reza Pahlevi. Since then, the Iranian nation and government have been embarking on a...
Tuesday, September 17th, 2019
Neo-Liberalism and the New Muslim Self in Egypt
Neo-Liberalism and the New Muslim Self in Egypt
This talk focuses on the growing body of self-help literature in Egypt, exploring its relationship to global capitalism and culture. Informed by modern insights into the self and its formation, the genre blurs the boundary between psychology and religion, valorizing self-exploration and...
Monday, September 9th, 2019
Dialectics of Religious Freedom and Harmony in Post-Reform Indonesia
Dialectics of Religious Freedom and Harmony in Post-Reform Indonesia
Contemporary Indonesian religious life has seen a number of religious freedom violations that are often overshadowed by the government’s insistence on the maintenance of religious harmony, which is habitually perceived to be under threat, through the process of minoritization. As a matter...
Monday, September 2nd, 2019
Roads to Inclusive Citizenship Kepercayaan after the Constitutional Court Decision 97/2016
Roads to Inclusive Citizenship Kepercayaan after the Constitutional Court Decision 97/2016
The Constitutional Court (MK)’s Decision 97/2016 on the state’s recognition of kepercayaan(indigenous religions) should be seen as paving the way for inclusive citizenship, a political normativity that includes forms of acknowledgements, expressions, rhetoric, public protests, as...
Monday, August 26th, 2019
Creaturely Ethics in the Anthropocene
Creaturely Ethics in the Anthropocene
The anthropocene names what many are calling a new geological epoch in which Homo sapiens has acquired new powers over the Earth, so that the present and future evolution of life on Earth, including the numbers and distribution of species, is in future determined by the actions and powers of...
Friday, May 10th, 2019
Hunting Baraka: Majelis Habib Syech and the Changing Landscape of Indonesian Islam
Hunting Baraka: Majelis Habib Syech and the Changing Landscape of Indonesian Islam
In a different city almost every night, Habib Syech bin Abdul Qadir Assegaf’s performances of salawat (devotional songs to Prophet Muhammad) attract millions of people across the islands of Indonesia. At first glance, these transformations of Islamic piety bring a diverse array of...
Monday, May 6th, 2019
“Ecological Conversion” and Recognition of Indigenous Communities
“Ecological Conversion” and Recognition of Indigenous Communities
There has been a growing awareness among scholars and practitioners about the important roles of indigenous communities in protecting nature. Yet in religion and ecology discourse as well as interfaith initiatives on ecology, indigenous religions are very rarely engaged. My presentation will...
Monday, April 8th, 2019
Christianity, Modernity and Westernity in Minahasan Society
Christianity, Modernity and Westernity in Minahasan Society
The Minahasan or the Manadonese is a Christian poly-ethnic group in North Sulawesi province, Indonesia. This group is geographically, historically, ethnically and religiously peripheral in the context of the Indonesian national narrative, and it is vastly outnumbered in an archipelago dominated...
Tuesday, March 19th, 2019
Anthropocene, Plastisphere, and Local Attitudes towards Nature in Java
Anthropocene, Plastisphere, and Local Attitudes towards Nature in Java
Waste and pollution affect all humans as well as other-than-humans. The globalized environmentalist discourse tends to ignore local diversity of waste practices, and this discourse emphasizes a new feeling of entanglement with nature to transform the waste problem. Yet my fieldwork in Java revealed...
Monday, March 11th, 2019
Muslim Feminism in Indonesia
Muslim Feminism in Indonesia
Most feminist Muslims in Indonesia argue that there is a place for reconciliation between Islam and feminism. For them, being religious and being feminist at the same time is possible, although the process of harmonization involves negotiations and differing opinions. Moderate feminists who use...