Regendering Community

Women Reshaping Javanese Rites of Passage in Mixed Communities
  • En-Chieh Chao
Part of the Contemporary Anthropology of Religion book series (CAR)


This chapter examines the intersection of gender, sociality, and Muslim–Christian difference in community life. I provide five ethnographic stories to show that recent Islamic revivals have produced uneven effects on Muslim and Christian women: Muslim women reciting the Qur’an for a mixed audience to celebrate the Prophet’s birthday at the neighborhood mosque; women taking collective action to punish unsociable neighbors regardless of religious affiliation; the prominence of women’s Islamic sermon groups in life-cycle ceremonies; a pair of Muslim and Christian women who are best friends reflecting on the network of neighborhood women who cook for circumcision ceremonies and other rituals; and the different roles Christian women and men take in Muslim life-cycle celebrations.


Islamic Sermon Life-cycle Ceremonies Circumcision Ceremonies Muslim Women Christian Muslim 
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  • En-Chieh Chao
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  1. 1.National Sun Yat-sen UniversityKaohsiung CityTaiwan

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