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  2. Dr. Tidey writes: “In this talk I will focus on the various ways in which Indonesian Muslim waria (transgender women) incorporate religion into their everyday lives. Indonesia is home to the world’s largest Muslim population – over 85 percent of its almost 250 million citizens identifies as Muslim. MSAP’s website describes Islam in Southeast Asia as relatively more moderate in character as compared to how it is practiced in much of the Middle East. Yet, in Indonesia more “radical” versions of Islam have made their presence felt since the late nineties, especially surrounding norms of gender and sexuality. The Bali bombings, the implementation of shariah law in parts of Indonesia, and recent anti-pornography laws all exemplify an increased preoccupation with policing gender and sexuality under the guise of “religion” or “culture.” In relation to waria, the positions of prominent Indonesian Islamic organizations vary from viewing waria as mentally ill to issuing fatwas on waria. What does this mean for waria? To what extent does waria religiosity pose a threat to hegemonic Islamic heteronormativity in Indonesia? To what extent do dominant conceptions of Islam challenge warias’ sense of self? I will address these questions by drawing on my current fieldwork on Indonesian transgenders. In particular, I focus on the efforts of ibu Maryani, a recent transgender hajji, in establishing and running the world’s first Islamic boarding school for transgenders in Java. A point of discussion I hope to raise is whether examples of waria religiosity are fruitfully analyzed through the lens of “resistance” or if they might perhaps be better viewed as attempts to “live comfortably.””

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Muslim Societies in Asia and the Pacific (MSAP)

MSAP

Muslim Societies in Asia and the Pacific (MSAP), an initiative of the School of Pacific and Asian Studies (SPAS) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM), serves as an educational resource center for information, literature, and dialogue on the diversity…


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Muslim Societies in Asia and the Pacific (MSAP), an initiative of the School of Pacific and Asian Studies (SPAS) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM), serves as an educational resource center for information, literature, and dialogue on the diversity of Muslim societies and cultures that span the Asia and Pacific region. With majority of the world’s Muslim population (est. 60%) residing in Asia and the Pacific, MSAP responds to two overarching concerns: first, that Muslim societies in the region are insufficiently understood by many outside the region, and second, that in the present geopolitical climate popular accounts of Islam and Muslims have a tendency to antagonize, oversimplify, or be preoccupied by large-scale political tensions. As an emerging educational resource center MSAP seeks to lessen a sense of estrangement through the promotion of increased understanding and knowledge and by offering a discussion forum about Islam and Muslim communities in Asia and the Pacific. To this end, MSAP maintains a website, publishes a newsletter, employs social media and organizes events.

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