Claudia Seise, M.A.
PhD Candidate
Education, Exchange and Silaturahim: Translocal Connections of Indonesian Pesantren

Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften der Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
Seminar für Südostasien-Studien
Invalidenstraße 118
D - 10115 Berlin

claudia@seise.de
seise@bgsmcs.fu-berlin.de
http://www.bgsmcs.de

Education, Exchange and Silaturahim: Translocal Connections of Indonesian Pesantren

Indonesia is the most populous Islamic country in the world with a wide range of diverse Islamic practices. This high degree of Islamic thought is also found in the thousands different pesantren (Islamic boarding schools) around Indonesia. Pesantren form a key social and religious institution because traditionally they constitute both a me¬diator between religion (Islam) and society and the second socialization of Indonesian Muslims after their family. Translocal connections maintained by pesantren, its teaching staff and santri (students in a pesantren) influence these two roles of pesantren and their perception and transfer of Islamic practices. Scholars have focused their attention on pesantren mainly on historical context, formal educational background, as well as transformation within pesantren education. In depth research about translocal connections or networks of contemporary Indonesian pe¬santren has not been carried out yet. In my dissertation project I aim to fill this gap and carry out research on the translocal connections of two pesantren in Indonesia. My main research question is how translocal connections influence pesantren’s perception, teachings and transfer of Islam in Indonesia? Translocal connections, I argue, are based on the urge to maintain silaturahim (silaturahmi)-relations, to strive for or spread knowledge and to exchange ideas. Connected to my research question is the forming of distinct Islamic ‘religioscapes’ in Indonesia and how the pesantren, its santri and teachers impact on Islamic practices and understanding in society in general.

Supervisors:

Prof. Vincent Houben, Prof. Manja Stephan

 

Affiliations:

Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies

Altensteinstr. 48 D - 14195 Berlin

 

Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften der Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Seminar für Südostasien-Studien

Invalidenstraße 118 D - 10115 Berlin