Vortrag von David Kloos: Women and the Islamic State: Reconfiguring Authority in Southeast Asia (13.02.24)

Referent: Dr. David Kloos


18:00 – 20:00 Uhr

Hörsaal JO 1
Johannisstr. 4
48143 Münster

Veranstalter*innen: Dr. Kirsten Kamphuis / Exzellenzcluster „Religion und Politik“

The presentation will examine the relationship between the Islamic state, including the reactionary agendas that have contributed to its development, and the ways in which women religious authorities have asserted themselves as part of the public sphere in Malaysia. In the context of mass education, mass mediatization, and a feminized Muslim public domain saturated with techno-political language, female experts in Malaysia have increasingly - and successfully - claimed religious authority. Female preachers, meanwhile, have professionalized their trade as they combine religious guidance and public performances with the knowledge, skills and embodied practices associated with academic, medical and legal professions. While state institutions such as the Islamic courts or the national fatwa committee remain to be heavily patriarchal, it is important to consider the ways in which these women, who emerge and draw from a wide range of social domains, and who communicate with their audiences both offline and online through social media, both support and engage critically with the Islamic state, sometimes in surprising ways.