Materialising Islam: Muslim Places in Urban Malaysia and Indonesia

Waktu: Kamis, 13 Maret 2004. Jam 4 sore- selesai

di KUNCI Cultural Studies Center, Jl. Ngadinegaran MJ3/100, Yogyakarta

Gratis untuk publik

KUNCI mengundang anda untuk hadir pada diskusi bersama Hew Wai Weng mengenai risetnya tentang identitas dan aspirasi Muslim di konteks Malaysia dan Indonesia urban kontemporer. Ini ia lakukan dengan menyelidiki konstruksi tempat, klaim ruang dan arsitektur sebagai bentuk yang terbangun. Studinya ini menekankan pada dimensi material dari formasi ruang, dengan mengamati tempat-tempat sakral (masjid-mesjid bergaya Cina), tempat makan (rumah makan Cina halal), tempat wisata (hotel shariah), dan tempat tinggal (berkembangnya gated communities Muslim dan ‘kota-kota Islami’).

Riset Weng menelusuri bagaimana dan kondisi apa yang memungkinkan materialisasi identitas kultural Cina Muslim dan kelas menengah Muslim di seting perkotaan. Siapa aktor-aktor yang bermain dalam produksi dan pengerahan tempat-tempat ini? Apa kaitan antara tempat-tempat ini dengan keimanan dan politik urban Muslim? Bagaimana tempat-tempat ini bersinggungan dengan pluralitas beragama dan keragaman budaya di Malaysia dan Indonesia? Melalui diskusi ini Weng hendak mengeksplorasi bersama proses-proses banyak dimensi dan berjejalin dalam apa yang dinamakan ‘Islamisasi’ dan urbanisasi dalam masyarakat kontemporer, serta potensi dan batasan inklusifitas dari proses penciptaan tempat (place-making).

Hew Wai Weng adalah Research Fellow di Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin dan tengang menggeluti satu proyek baru bertajuk, “Sites of Inclusion and Exclusion: New Muslims Places in Urban Malaysia and Indonesia”. Ia lulus dari Australian National University, dengan judul disertasi, “Negotiating Ethnicity and Religiosity: Chinese Muslim Identities in Post-New Order Indonesia”. Ia juga sempat menjadi postdoctoral fellow di International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden, Belanda.

Materialising Islam: Muslim Places in Urban Malaysia and Indonesia

KUNCI invites you to a talk with Hew Wai Weng on his current research on Muslim identities and aspirations in contemporary urban Malaysia and Indonesia, by examining the constructions of place, claims on space and the architecture of built forms. It highlights the material dimensions of spatial formation, by looking at sacred places (Chinese-style mosques), eating places (Chinese Halal restaurants), tourist places (Sharia-compliant hotels) and living places (the development of Muslim gated communities and ‘Islamic cities’).

It explores how and under what conditions, Chinese Muslim cultural identities and middle-class Muslim aspirations are materialised in urban setting. Who are the actors of the production and deployment of these places? What do these places tell us about Muslim piety and urban politics? How do these places engage with the existing religious plurality and cultural diversity in Malaysia and Indonesia? This discussion aims to explore the multifaceted and intertwined processes of ‘Islamisation’ and urbanisation in contemporary societies, as well as the inclusionary possibilities and limitations of these processes of place making.

Hew, Wai Weng is Research Fellow at the Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin and working on a new research project entitled, “Sites of Inclusion and Exclusion: New Muslims Places in Urban Malaysia and Indonesia”. He graduated from the Australian National University, where he submitted his PhD thesis, “Negotiating Ethnicity and Religiosity: Chinese Muslim Identities in Post-New Order Indonesia”. He was also a postdoctoral fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden.

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