The Female Saints of Java

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

Event details

Indonesia Study Group

Date & time

Wednesday 19 October 2011


Seminar Room B, Coombs Building, Fellows Road, ANU


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


Indonesia Project
+61 2 6125 3794
There are at least a dozen significant pilgrimage sites in Java where female saints are venerated by Indonesian Muslims. The stories told at these sites depict many of the saints as opponents of political oppression and critics of Java’s patriarchal religious establishment. This talk sketches the dimensions of female saint veneration in Java, repeats some of the stories of female saints and describes the participation of Muslim women in local pilgrimage. Illustrated with Powerpoint slides.

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