Universitas Indonesia Conferences, The 8th International Symposium of Journal Antropologi Indonesia

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The Response of the TQN Suryalaya-Sirnarasa Manaqib Tradition to Covid 19 Pandemic
Heddy Shri Ahimsa-Putra

Last modified: 2022-06-07


Covid 19 pandemic had changed various activities of human life, including traditional rituals. This paper presents an analysis of the responses of TQN (Tariqat Qadiriyah-Naqsabandiyah) of Suryalaya-Sirnarasa, Tasikmalaya, West Java, in carrying out their monthly tradition of reading the manaqib of Syekh Abul Qadir Jaelani, to the measures to slow down the spread of the virus. To continue the manaqib tradition –called manaqiban- usually attended by tens or hundreds of people of TQN-SS members from various communities, the Syekh Mursyid of the TQN-SS -Pangersa Abah Aos- asked some members of the TQN to adopt a new way of conducting the manaqiban, that is through online. This strategy had allowed the ritual to be attended virtually by many more people from various places, inside and outside Indonesia, and thus the wider spread and the internationalization of manaqib tradition. It is argued that the pandemic was a blessing in disguise for the manaqib tradition, in terms of its frequency, scope, contents as well as its audience. The data was collected through library research, participant observation of weekly online manaqib, and in depth interview with those participated in manaqiban in 2021-2022.

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