Reading Contemporary Indonesian Muslim Women Writers
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Reading Contemporary Indonesian Muslim Women Writers

By Diah Ariani Arimbi
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Book Description

Most literary analysis of the canon of Indonesian literature overlooks its religious aspect. This book is the first to discuss the construction of gender and Islamic identities in literary writing by four prominent Indonesian Muslim women writers: Titis Basino P I, Ratna Indraswari Ibrahim, Abidah El Kalieqy and Helvy Tiana Rosa. The narratives of the four writers are rich sources for revealing the construction of Indonesian Muslim women's identities. Within their feminist reading the writers understand that gender roles are negotiable rather than inherent. In representing women in a variety of discourses they draw multi-faceted women struggling against repression and domination, and resisting their status as powerless.

Dit is het eerste boek waarin de verhouding tussen geslacht en islamitische identiteit in de Indonesische literatuur wordt onderzocht. Diah Ariani Arimbi doet dit aan de hand van vier schrijfsters: Titis Basino P I, Ratna Indraswari Ibrahim, Abidah El Kalieqy en Helvy Tiana Rosa. Het verhaal van deze vier vrouwen onthult de ware identiteit van Indonesische moslima's. Vanuit hun feministisch standpunt laten deze schrijfsters zien dat verhoudingen tussen man en vrouw niet statisch zijn, maar veranderlijk en onderhandelbaar. Arimbi schetst een innemend beeld van deze veelzijdige vrouwen en hun strijd tegen onderdrukking en discriminatie. Zij blijken allesbehalve weerloze zielen te zijn.

Table of Contents
  • Table of Contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • 1. Contemporary Issues of Women and Islam in Muslim Societies
  • 2. Gender Issues and Islam in Contemporary Indonesia
  • 3. Women Writers in the Indonesian Literary Tradition
  • 4. Authors, Their Worlds and the Female Traditions
  • 5. Representation, Identity and Religion: Images of Muslim Women, Their Lives and Struggles in Fiction (Part I)
  • 6. Representation, Identity and Religion: Images of Muslim Women, Their Lives and Struggles in Fiction (Part II)
  • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
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