Gender and Islam in Indonesia

Memory, Gender, Islam and Environment:
Dimensions of Indonesian Studies

Seminar with Monika Arnez, ERASMUS visiting professor.

In contrast to other countries with a Muslim majority, Indonesia is considered to be moderate with regard to its gender orders. Many women have an income of their own, in many communities they are owners of property, and they have respected positions in clan structures. However, the role of women in Islam is contested, and there are different ways of how gender and Islam play out in debates about women’s agency.

This lecture looks at the multiple ways in which Muslim female women construct their religious identity and position themselves in their surroundings.

Monika Arnez is Professor (Junior professor) of Indonesian and Malay Studies at University of Hamburg, specializing in the study of Islam and Indonesian culture; gender; religion and environment; popular culture and literature. Among her publications are ‚Shifting Notions of Environmentalism in Indonesian Islam‘ in: Barbara Schuler (ed.) Environmental and Climate Change in South and Southeast Asia; How are local cultures coping? (Leiden, Brill: 2014), pp. 75-104; 'Empowering Women Through Islam. Fatayat NU between tradition and change.‘ Journal of Islamic Studies 21 (1) (2010): 59-88 and 'A Dialogue with God? Islam and lesbian relationships in two Post-Suharto narratives,' in: Susanne Schröter (ed), Gender and Islam in Southeast Asia. Women’s Rights Movements, Religious Resurgence and Local Traditions. (Leiden: Brill, 2013), pp. 73-94.

For questions and registration please contact Alexander Horstmann, room 10-4-13,