Democratization in Indonesia and the Growth of Post-Islamism Through Popular Culture Media

Bahruddin, Muh. ORCID:, Karman, Karman and Mudjiyanto, Bambang (2022) Democratization in Indonesia and the Growth of Post-Islamism Through Popular Culture Media. In: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Social and Political Development (ICOSOP 2022). SciTePress, Medan, Indonesia, pp. 29-34. ISBN 978-989-758-618-7

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This paper examines post-Islamism in post-reform Indonesian cinema (1998). We focus on Muslim-figure representation in films as a medium of popular culture through which they represent themselves as friendly, tolerant, modern, and pious Muslims. We argue this phenomenon as the form of post-Islamism. Post-Islamists are different from Islamists. Muslim figures with post-Islamism do not express radicalism/conservatism and reject the system and values of democracy because of western culture. We argue that filmmakers want to show that the post-Islamism movement in Indonesian cinema is the way to represent the compatibility of Islam with modernity, tolerance to capitalistic/western values, and non-violent. Filmmakers present post-Islamism as part of democracy in the Indonesian political system. By adopting the post-Islamism concept by Asef Bayat, Iranian social theorist, we explain the growth of Islamic-genre films in the post-reform and argue that this phenomenon is a form of post-Islamism. We collected data through in-depth interviews with filmmakers of Islamic-genre cinema. We conclude: democratization in Indonesia provides an opportunity to externalize post-Islamism through popular culture. Post-Islamists use democracy to express their identity and religiosity as Muslims

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Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Democratization, Post-Islamism, Popular Culture, and Indonesian Cinema
Dewey Decimal Classification: 300 – Social sciences > 320 Political science > 324 The political process
Divisions: Perpustakaan > Prosiding/Call for Papers
Depositing User: Agung P. W.
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2023 08:37
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2023 08:37

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