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RESCHEDULED: Pop Preachers, Pornography, and Moral Politik: Islamic Statecraft in Democratic Indonesia

James Hoesterey- 2009-10 Walter H. Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow,Stanford University

*** PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS TALK HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO FEBRUARY 10, AT NOON ***

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In October 2008 Indonesian legislators finally passed a law against pornography. By then the controversy surrounding the bill had become more divisive than virtually any legislative disagreement since the resignation of President Soeharto a decade before. The bill's opponents bemoaned the "Islamization" of Indonesia, while proponents lamented the "degradation" of national morality. Notable among the Muslim television preachers who rallied popular support for the bill were Aa Gym, Arifin Ilham, and Ustad Jefri al-Buchori. Each of these men tried to parlay celebrity appeal into political capital by inviting national politicians and Muslim intellectuals to share the spotlight at anti-pornography marches, rallies, and media events. Too often, accounts of Islam and politics invoke the specter of an Islamic state and ignore the cultural relevance of Muslim ethics. Hoesterey will try to correct this imbalance by mining the anti-porn bill imbroglio for insights into religion and governance in Indonesia.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 | 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
Okimoto Conference Room, Encina Hall East, 3rd Floor

Southeast Asia Forum, Shorenstein APARC