Reading Contemporary Indonesian Muslim Women Writers

Representation, Identity and Religion of Muslim Women in Indonesian Fiction

Diah Ariani Arimbi

Diah Ariani Arimbi

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

240 pages | 6 3/10 x 9 1/2 | © 2009
Paper $62.50 ISBN: 9789089640895 Published February 2010 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Reading Contemporary Indonesian Muslim Women Writers looks at the work of four writers—Titis Basino P.I., Ratna Indraswari Ibrahim, Abidah El Kalieqy, and Helvy Tiana Rosa—paying particular attention to questions of how gender is constructed and in turn constructs the identities, roles, and status of Muslim women in Indonesia. In addition, Diah Ariani Arimbi focuses on issues of authenticity, representation, and power in these authors’ works and details how each woman challenged perceptions of Muslim women in Islamic societies.




Reading Women Reading Writings: Feminist Literary Criticism at Stake

The Politics of Literature

Between Facts and Fiction: The Problematic Images of Women in Fiction

Constructing/Reconstructing Women: Women Reading/Writing Women

Identity Politics

A Gaze of Her Own: Authority and Subject Position(s)

From Private to Public


1        Contemporary Issues of Women and Islam in Muslim Societies

Reinterpretation of the Qur’an

Social Reforms

The Politics of the Veil

Legal Reforms

Educational Reforms

Theorising Islamic Feminism

Common Ground, Different Contexts


2        Gender Issues and Islam in Contemporary Indonesia

The Need for New Qur’anic Interpretations

Muslim Women in the Eyes of the Law: Their Rights in Private Spheres

Jilbab: Between the Politics of Identity and Body Politics

Indonesian Islamic Feminism


3        Women Writers in the Indonesian Literary Tradition

Women Writers and Popular Fictions of the 1970s-1980s

The Pendulum of the Millennium: Liberation of the Generation 2000


4        Authors, Their Worlds and the Female Traditions

Titis Basino P.I.

Ratna Indraswari Ibrahim

Abidah El Khalieqy

Helvy Tiana Rosa


5        Representation, Identity and Religion: Images of Muslim Women, Their Lives and Struggles in Fiction (Part I)

Women and Their Married Lives in the Works of Titis Basino P.I.

Spiritual Love

Marriage: Perfect Sexual and Souls Union

Polygamy and Infidelity

Gender Hierarchy in the Narratives of Ratna Indraswati Ibrahim

Valuing the Price of Woman: Female Subjectivity, Identity and the Body

Delimitation and Definition of Female Identity

The In-between-ness


6        Representation, Identity and Religion: Images of Muslim Women, Their Lives and Struggles in Fiction (Part II)

Abidah El Khalieqy and Her Feminist Project

Muslim Women and Their Rights

Education Rights

Reproduction Rights

Gender-Based Violence: Domestic Violence

Geni Jora and the Global Woman

Education and Travel

Helvy Tiana Rosa and Her War Stories

Armed Conflicts, State Violence and Women

Exile versus Home

War in the Global World

Various Women, Various Lives, Various Identities

Readership and Reader’s Responses

Responses to Individual Writers






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