Gender and Islam in Indonesian Cinema

  • Alicia Izharuddin

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

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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

  • Alicia Izharuddin
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-2172-5
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-2173-2
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