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Gender and Islam in Indonesian Cinema


Part of the Gender, Sexualities and Culture in Asia book series (GSCA)

Table of contents

About this book


This book presents a historical overview of the Indonesian film industry, the relationship between censorship and representation, and the rise of women filmmakers in the post-New Order period. It considers scholarship on gender in Indonesian cinema through the lens of power relations. Examining key themes such as nationalism, women's rights, polygamy, and terrorism which have preoccupied local filmmakers for decades, it resonates with the socio-political changes and upheavals in Indonesia’s modern history and projects images of the nation through the debates on gender and Islam. The text also sheds light on broader debates and questions about contemporary Islam and gender construction in contemporary Indonesia, and addresses the specific issue of Anglo-European born Muslim women who are being radicalized by Daish social media, through the analysis of films such as 'Mata Tertutup' (Closed Eyes) about a young woman's transformation into a suicide bomber. Offering cutting edge accounts of the use of Islamic cinema and mass media, this new book considers gendered dimensions of Islamic media usage which further enrich the representations of the 'religious' and the 'Islamic' in the everyday lives of Muslims in South East Asia.


Gender and Islamic Film Women's Rights Indonesian Popular Culture and Islamic Film Women filmmakers in the post-New Order period Gender and Islam in Indonesian Cinema Socio-political change, Film and Gender

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia

About the authors

Alicia Izharuddin is a Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies at the Faculty of the Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya, in Malaysia. She received her PhD in Gender Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK, in 2014 and her research focuses on gender and sexuality in Malaysia and Indonesia from a feminist perspective.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Gender and Islam in Indonesian Cinema
  • Authors Alicia Izharuddin
  • Series Title Gender, Sexualities and Culture in Asia
  • Series Abbreviated Title Gender, Sexualities and Culture in Asia
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-10-2172-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-10-9549-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-10-2173-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 207
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Gender Studies
    Screen Studies
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