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Salafi activism and the promotion of a modern Muslim identity: evolving mediums of Da’wa amongst Yogyakartan university students

Chaplin, Chris (2018) Salafi activism and the promotion of a modern Muslim identity: evolving mediums of Da’wa amongst Yogyakartan university students. South East Asia Research, 26 (1). pp. 3-20. ISSN 0967-828X

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0967828X17752414

Abstract

ndonesia has witnessed the emergence of a market of Islamic goods, services and media platforms that have catalysed a qualitative shift in the ways individuals come to express their religious convictions. Salafi Islam is no exception to this transformation, and this article provides a case study of contemporary Salafi propagation amongst Yogyakarta’s students and graduates. Through description and analysis of campus based religious lectures, websites, magazines and fashion outlets linked to the al-Atsary Islamic Education Foundation, this article explores the intricacies of campus affiliated da’wa. Linked to a ‘literalist’ interpretation of Islam reliant on scholars in Saudi Arabia, Salafism is frequently denounced as foreign to Indonesian norms. Yet, while activists do indeed promote a rigid adherence to Islamic tenets, they also align Islamic values to concerns with a modern Muslim identity. By framing Salafism as sensitive to ideas of professional employment, while juxtaposing it against images of a less well-educated rural Islam, they have thus have created a unique strand of urban Salafi propagation.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://journals.sagepub.com/home/ser
Additional Information: © 2018 IP Publishing
Divisions: Methodology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Sets: Departments > Methodology
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2018 10:52
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2019 00:07
Funders: Evans Fund, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/87230

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