Piety, Politics and Popularity of Muslim Preachers in Indonesia and Malaysia

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Date(s) - 12/07/2018
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

E561, Menzies Building, Monash Clayton Campus





In both Malaysia and Indonesia, popular Muslim preachers are playing an increasingly important role in shaping Muslims’ religious attitudes, consumption patterns and political opinions. 

This talk highlights a few popular preaching figures, exploring their religious affiliations, business activities and political engagement.

In more specific, it focuses on the online and offline preaching activities of Felix Siauw, a popular yet conservative preacher in Indonesia and his team, YukNgaji.

It explores how their preaching entail a combination of popular culture and political Islam, gaul (down-to-earth) sensibilities and conservative attitudes, as well as visual persuasion and Islamist agenda. It examines a broader change in the trend of Islamic preaching —
one in which piety, politics, and popularity are interconnected, and in which the social media, visual images and market forces area increasingly shape and shaped by the faces of political Islam.


Hew Wai Weng
Universiti Kebangsaan, Malaysia
Hew Wai Weng is research fellow at Institute of Malaysian and International Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (IKMAS,UKM). He has been writing on Chinese Muslim identities, Hui migration, and cultural politics of urban Muslim middle-classes in
Malaysia and Indonesia. He is the author of Chinese Ways of Being Muslim: Negotiating Ethnicity and Religiosity in Indonesia (NIAS Press 2017).