Recasting Gendered Paradigms: An Indonesian Cleric and Muslim Women in the Malay World

Event Details

On October 4, Professor Khairudin Aljunied will visit Leiden University to provide a lecture on the tafsir of the Indonesian cleric Haji Abdul Malik Karim Amrullah (Hamka)..

This talk examines the ideas of a prominent Indonesian cleric, Haji Abdul Malik Karim Amrullah (Hamka), about the place of women in Islam and in Southeast Asian Muslim societies. I argue that Hamka was engaged in the project of “recasting gendered paradigms,” which involves reinterpreting, reconceptualizing and reconfiguring various dominant understandings about the roles, functions and responsibilities of women in Islam as reflected not only in the Qur’an and the adat (traditional customs), but also in modern discourses about women’s empowerment. I show that Hamka’s commitment to advocating for women’s rights and critiquing prevailing ideas about the place of women in religion and society was a product both of his personal experiences and of the profound social and intellectual shifts that characterized his day and age.

Venue: Lipsius Building
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

Room: 147