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Indonesia And The Misconceptions Of Muslim Women And How It Parallels To Muslim Women In America

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Muslim women have often been stereotyped in westernized civilizations as heavily veiled women who do no more than tend to their household and children. According to Camilla Fawzi El-Sohl’s book titled Muslim women’s choices: religious belief and social reality, this is simply not true anymore as it pertains to the contemporary Muslim women. This concept of the Muslim women may have been true in the past or even true of certain groups in certain Muslim societies but it has little relevance to understanding the everyday lives of these Muslim women. Indonesia, with a population of over 238 million has the largest population of Muslims. Muslim women on the many islands of Indonesia have been scrutinized in the media and other westernized arenas. To fully understand the concept of the modern day Muslim women, you would have to analyze the history of Indonesia, the history of Islam, and the gender relations as it pertains to Islam. After examining those aspects, looking further into how Muslim women are viewed in society and westernized societies and also their own specified role in society can give a deeper overview of the misconceptions perpetuated today. Finally, paralleling these concepts in Indonesia with those of American Muslim women can fully advocate for ideas of Muslim women in the world. Adequate understanding of these aspects can further delve into the ways of Muslim women and their effects on their country.
Indonesia, according to Wikipedia, is officially called the Republic of Indonesia and is a country Southeast Asia an Oceania. Indonesia is comprised of 17, 508 islands and thirty three provinces. It is the world’s most populous country with over 238 million people and governs under a Republic, with an elected legislature and president. Muslim faith was first introduced in Indonesia in the 13th century. Other Indonesian areas adopted the Islam faith and it was the dominant religion by the end of the 16th century. Along with Islam, the country officially recognizes 5 other religions: Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. 86% of Indonesians described themselves as Muslims according to the 2000 census. 9% of Indonesian Muslims are of the Sunni denomination, making them the majority. “Indonesia has around 300 ethnic groups, each with cultural identities developed over centuries, and influenced by Indian, Arabic, Chinese, and European sources” (Wikipedia). Indonesia, like many European countries, have taken into account the ever-evolving aspects of the Westernized world and have adopted to them with their cuisine, technology usage, and media.
Islam, also according to Wikipedia, is a religion articulated by the Qu’ran which is interpreted as being the word of God himself and the teachings of Allah, whom was described as the last prophet of God. Islam is translated to mean “Submission to God”, “peace”, and “way to peace”. Most Muslims, meaning those who adhere to Islam, are divided into two denominations:...

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