Okta Nurul Hidayati


This paper examines question of the influence of Islamist preachers to the ideology and piety activities of the women majelis taklim in Surakarta. It ask about the involvement of the Islamist preachers in reproducing and spreading the ideas of Islamism in the women majelis taklim (religious gatherings mostly attended by women). This article concerned with Muslim women’s subjectivities and response to the Islamist movement in Surakarta.   Using qualitative research methods, this article collects data by interview the congregations and the administrators of three majelis taklim-Al Husna, Humaira, and Da'wah Squad. This paper show that there are divided subjectivities in women’s responses to the Islamist preacher. At the group (majelis) level, especially at Al Husna, there is a potential for expansion of the Islamist movement which was proven by their support for Islamist propagations delivered by the preacher. Da'wah Squad and Humaira show a different response in limiting Islamism by creating their own assemblies curriculum, which is more inclusive. However, at the individual level, some administrators and congregations of the three Majelis have shown their potential for narrowing the Islamist movement with different variations. This research contributes in presenting the emergence of new Muslim women's actors as part of the women's piety movement within the context of emerging Islamism in Surakarta.


women, majelis taklim; subjectivity; response; Islamist preachers

Full Text:



Bano, M., & Kalmbach, H. (Ed.). (2012). Women, Leadership, and Mosques: Changes in Contemporary Islamic Authority. Brill.

Brinton, J. G. (2016). Preaching Islamic renewal: Religious authority and

media in contemporary Egypt. University of California Press.

Burhani, A. N. (2020). Muslim Televangelists in the Making: Conversion

Narratives and the Construction of Religious Authority. The Muslim World,

(2), 154–175. https://doi.org/10.1111/muwo.12327

Hasan, N. (2008). Laskar Jihad: Islam Militansi, dan Pencarian Identitas di

Indonesia Pasca-Orde Baru (H. Salim, Penerj.). Jakarta: Pustaka LP3ES.

Hasan, N., & Aijudin, A. (2019). Islam and Power: Measuring the View of

Surakarta Ulama against the Nation. Dalam Politics, Ulama and Narratives

on Nationalhood: Fragmentation of Religious Authority in Indonesian Cities.

Jakarta: Center for the Study of Islam and Society (PPIM) UIN Jakarta.

Hasanah, U. (2016). Majelis Taklim Perempuan dan Pergeseran Peran

Publik Keagamaan Pada MasyarakatPerkotaan Kontemporer. UIN Syarif

Hidayatullah Jakarta.

Hew, W. W. (2018). The Art of Dakwah: Social media, Visual Persuasion

and the Islamist Propagation of Felix Siauw. Indonesia and the Malay

World, 46(134), 61–79. https://doi.org/10.1080/13639811.2018.1416757

Husein, F. (2021). Negotiating Salafism: Women Prayer Groups and their

Preachers in Indonesia’s islamic Digital. Cyber Orient, 15(1), 119–145.

Husein, F., & Slama, M. (2018). Online piety and its discontent: Revisiting

Islamic anxieties on Indonesian social media. Indonesia and the Malay

World, 46(134), 80–93. https://doi.org/10.1080/13639811.2018.1415056

Kaptein, N. J. G. (2004). The Voice of the `Ulamâ’: Fatwas and Religious

Authority in Indonesia. Archives de Sciences Sociales Des Religions, 125,

–130. https://doi.org/10.4000/assr.1038

Khaz, U. (2020). The Journey to Xianjiang. UK Publishing.

Kloos, D. (2019). Experts beyond discourse: Women, Islamic authority, and

the performance of professionalism in Malaysia. American Ethnologist,

(2), 162–175. https://doi.org/10.1111/amet.12762

Lengauer, D. (2018). Sharing Semangat Taqwa: Social Media and Digital

Islamic Socialities in Bandung. Indonesia and the Malay World, 46(134), 5–


Mahmood, S. (2011). Politics of piety: The Islamic revival and the feminist

subject. Princeton University Press.

Nisa, E. F. (2018). Social Media and the Birth of an Islamic Social

Movement: ODOJ (One Day One Juz) in contemporary Indonesia.

Indonesia and the Malay World, 46(134), 24–43.


Pribadi, Y. (2019). The Commodification of Islam in the Market Economy:

Urban Muslim Studies in Banten. Afkaruna, 15(1).


Slama, M. (2021). Tracing Digital Divides in Indonesian Islam:

Ambivalences of Media and Class. CyberOrient, 15(1), 290–313.

Slama, M., & Hoesterey, J. B. (2021). Ambivalence, Discontent, and Divides

in Southeast Asia’s Islamic Digital Realms: An Introduction. CyberOrient,

(2021), 5–32.

Syaifuddin, & Aziz, Moh. A. (2020). Dakwah Moderat Pendakwah Nahdatul

Ulama (Analisis Konten Moderasi Beragama Berbasis Sejarah). 15(1), 1–

Wildan, M. (2013). The Nature of Radical Islamic Groups in Solo. Journal of

Indonesian Islam, 7(1), 49. https://doi.org/10.15642/JIIS.2013.7.1.49-70

Winn, P. (2012). Women’s Majelis Taklim and Gendered Religious Practice

in Northern Ambon. Intersections:Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the

Pacific, 30.

Interview with Retno Phalupie in Surakarta, 7 February 2020

Interview with Aida Hanura (54 years old), the head of Al Husna in Surakarta, 14 April 2021.

Interview with Iin (38 years old), vice chairman of Hunaira by phone, 29 April 2021.

Interview with Lusi in Surakarta, 29 December 2020.

Interview with Umi in Surakarta, 7 January 2021.

Interview with Bela through phone, 20 December 2020.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15548/jk.v12i1.441


Free counters!

free hit counter

Creative Commons License
Kafa'ah: Journal of Gender Studies is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.