Empowered Muslim Femininities? Representations of Women in Post-New Order Film Islami

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


The image of the veiled Muslim woman in post-New Order Islamic cinema is caught in the geopolitical discourse of the post-9/11 era. Although she demonstrates agency, her body is prominently foregrounded in cinematic narratives and visual codes as a site for Islamic and moral issues. She embodies geopolitical discourse through the veil she wears and her Muslim femininity is defined through suffering and abuse. This chapter, however, makes a case for agency in domestic struggles, terrorism, and religious conversion displayed by the female characters discussed even though their images are produced by Muslim men in the service of debates about women and Islam. This chapter also features an analysis of the rise of Islamic film female actors which reveals the intertextual relationship between film and off-screen image that articulates a new moral cinematic aesthetic and regime of representation in post-New Order Indonesia.


Public Sphere Muslim Woman Female Character Female Actor Religious Conversion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alicia Izharuddin
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  1. 1.University of MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia

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