DIY-Islamism: The Hijrah Phenomenon in Indonesia
INDONESIA STUDIES PROGRAMME SEMINAR
About the Seminar
Celebrity preachers, born-again bikers, reformed musicians: these are some of the colourful characters who represent the growing Islamic revival in Indonesia known as the hijrah phenomenon. In this talk, I survey the various dimensions of hijrah in Indonesia and consider the significance of this broad social movement for policymakers and national politics in Indonesia in the lead-up to the 2019 presidential elections. In light of its start-up structures, social media mobilizations, and distance from traditional religious authorities, I conceptualize the hijrah phenomenon in the literature on Islamist movements as a unique form of “DIY-Islamism.” I argue that the movement is popular with younger Indonesians because it promises to reconcile strong personal faith with globalised youth culture.
About the Speaker
Quinton Temby is a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Political and Social Change in the Australian National University’s Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs. He completed his PhD thesis on the rise of global jihadism in Southeast Asia at the ANU in 2017.