Habaib, Markets and Traditional Islamic Authority: The Rise of Arab Preachers in Contemporary Indonesia
This study examines the rise of young preachers of Arab descent (commonly called ‘Hadhrami’) and their sermon groups in contemporary Indonesia. They emerged from the reform period of the late 1990s when traditional forms of Islamic authority came under growing challenge from an increasingly diverse array of Muslim groups and ideologies. The preachers (collectively known as habaib) claim descent from the Prophet Muhammad, and they emphasise their privileged...[Show more]
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