Learning Islam “ala Gaza”: Palestinian Shaykhs as Figures of Religious Authority in Indonesian Palestine Solidarity Practices

In: International Journal of Islam in Asia
Silvia Ilonka Wolf Global and Area Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Invalidenstraße 118, 10115 Berlin Germany

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In recent years a variety of activities have emerged in Indonesia that invite Palestinian shaykhs as figures of religious authority. These practices are a by-product of humanitarian initiatives carried out by Muslim solidarity organizations of the Tarbiyya movement. Analyzing these practices through the lens of Muslim cosmopolitanism, I argue that they reflect a cosmopolitan patriotism, in which the umma and the nation are mutually constitutive frameworks of belonging. Mobilizing Indonesians for the Palestinian cause, while teaching them Qurʾan memorization skills that Gazans are believed to exceptionally possess, serves to create a pious generation as envisioned by the Tarbiyya movement.

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