Universitas Indonesia Conferences, 7th International Symposium of Journal Antropologi Indonesia

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Young Indonesian Hadhramis and the Quest for Religious Authority
Fatimah Husein

Building: Soegondo Building
Room: 126
Date: 2019-07-24 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Last modified: 2019-06-21


This paper observes the activities of two young Hadhrami preachers in contemporary Indonesia. The first, Ustadzah Halimah Alaydrus (Jakarta), runs some regular meetings and majelis shalawat. The second, Ustadz Muhammad Anies Alhabsyi (Solo), leads a weekly study group (majelis taklim). The paper focuses on how the two preachers adapt their preaching strategies, styles, and themes in light of the changing public demands. Concurrently, it explores how both actors use different social media platforms to attract wider, and younger, audience. By comparing the two cases, the paper offers some grounded observations on how contemporary Hadhrami preachers reconfigure their religious authority in relation to the changing proclivities of their Indonesian Muslim audience.


Key words: Indonesian Hadhramis, changing religious authority