Islamic Pilgrimage in Bali

Crawford School of Public Policy | Arndt-Corden Department of Economics | Indonesia Project

Event details

Indonesia Study Group

Date & time

Wednesday 16 February 2011


Coombs Seminar Room B, Coombs Building, Fellows Road, ANU


George Quinn (School of Culture History and Language, ANU)


Indonesia Project
+61 2 6125 3794
Muslims make up about 10% of the population of Bali. Over the last decade the increasing number of Muslims settling in Bali, the Bali bombings of 2002 and 2005, and the recently enacted anti-pornography law have given rise to disquiet among some Balinese Hindus that has triggered a modest conversative backlash against Muslims. Despite this, over the same period of time a network of Islamic pilgrimage sites has evolved in Bali, attracting increasing numbers of Muslims pilgrims mostly from Java, and from Muslim communities in Bali itself. There are seven main sites, known as the graves of the Seven Saints (Wali Pitu). This seminar describes five of the seven sites, sketches the stories behind them and examines the place of Islamic pilgrimage in the wider context of Balinese society.

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