Mapping Intolerance in the Royal Cities

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019, 07:57 WIB


Wednesday Forum – 23 October 2019

Within the ‘royal cities’ of Yogyakarta and Solo, Islamist acts of intolerance in the post-Suharto era have taken multiple forms, underpinned by various motives ranging from ideological and instrumental, to symbolic. This talk will unpick the multiplicity of these intolerant acts and the overlap of different motives driving them in the two cities based on fieldwork research taken during 2014-2016. Using Extended Case Method (ECM), the research data was collected primarily by employing in-depth interviews and participant observation, supplemented by government documents and local media reports. The research suggests that the changing structure of power relations played a significant role in the rise of Islamist intolerant acts in both cities. 

Mohammad Zaki Arrobi obtained his M.A. from the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex in the UK in 2017. He is currently a lecturer at his undergraduate alma mater at the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (FISIPOL), UGM. This talk will be based on his co-authored paper recently published in Al Jami’ah: Journal of Islamic Studies (2019).