Entangled Pieties

Muslim-Christian Relations and Gendered Sociality in Java, Indonesia

  • En-Chieh Chao

Part of the Contemporary Anthropology of Religion book series (CAR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. En-Chieh Chao
    Pages 1-30
  3. En-Chieh Chao
    Pages 31-55
  4. En-Chieh Chao
    Pages 57-87
  5. En-Chieh Chao
    Pages 89-123
  6. En-Chieh Chao
    Pages 125-149
  7. En-Chieh Chao
    Pages 151-179
  8. En-Chieh Chao
    Pages 181-192
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 193-223

About this book


This book explores the social life of Muslim women and Christian minorities amid Islamic and Christian movements in urban Java, Indonesia. Drawing on anthropological perspectives and 14 months of participant observation between 2009 and 2013 in the multi-religious Javanese city of Salatiga, this ethnography examines the interrelations between Islamic piety, Christian identity, and gendered sociability in a time of multiple religious revivals. The novel encounters between multiple forms of piety and customary sociality among “moderate” Muslims, puritan Salafists, born-again Pentecostals, Protestants, and Catholics require citizens to renegotiate various social interactions. En-Chieh Chao argues that piety has become a complex phenomenon entangled with gendered sociality and religious others, rather than a preordained outcome stemming from a closed religious tradition.


Islam Pentecostals Muslim Salatiga Indonesia Charismatic Christianity Hard-line Muslims Islamic revivals Religious minorities Gender and religion Muslim-Christian tensions Central Java

Authors and affiliations

  • En-Chieh Chao
    • 1
  1. 1.National Sun Yat-sen University Kaohsiung CityTaiwan

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