Judul Paper:

Middle Class Piety: Contesting Religious Commodification among Diasporic Muslim Community in Proboli

Pembicara :

ACHMAD FAWAID - Pendidikan Agama Islam

Nama Forum :

The 17th Annual International Conference on Islamic Studies (AICIS)

Penyelenggara :

Minister of Religious Affairs, Republic of Indonesia

Level :


Abstraksi :

This panel features both theoretically insightful and substantively important accounts of the cultural process that are tied into the commodification, marketing, capitalizing, and consumption of religious traditions, practices, and beliefs among diasporic Muslims community in Probolinggo, a coastal area of East Java. Not merely all contributors to this panel lived in this city with interdisciplinary educational and research backgrounds, they also shared a common ethnographic approach to understanding and portraying the wide range of market-oriented changes in the Probolinggo religious landscape. The first two article attempts to explore a constellated religious expression of Middle Eastern tradition in Probolinggo by contesting the modes and techniques of religious commodifications in religious franchise of Majelis Shalawat Syubbanul Muslimin (Nurul Huda) and marketing of Air Berkah consumption based religious theraphy (Rojabi Azharghany).  Meanwhile, as noted by the third panelist (Mushafi Miftah), the ways we bless and embrace our endeavors in life with showers of prayers or worship wishing to achieve good health, wealth, and a decent life, have become common ‘paid-for experiences’ in the ever-dominating capitalist economy based training classes of PPA (Pola Pertolongan Allah). A research by the fourth panelist (Abdurrahman) argues that religious commodification operate within annual death celebration (haul) and the religious pilgrimage (ziarah) to Hasan Genggong’s cemetery which displays multiple venues, amulet trading, photos medium cult, apocalyptic festival, and other money-oriented religious activities. Adopting occult economy model, the last panelist (Ainul Yakin) displays multiple venues used by leader of the Pedepokan religious cult, Dimas Kanjeng Taat Pribadi, such as spirit medium cult, fortune-telling business, religious prosperity based investment, which have created religious marketplaces to fulfill people’s desire for wealth, health, and happiness. Hence based on these representations of religious commodifications in Probolinggo, this panel raises a question on how has the commodity been escalated and reproduced to affect the convergence and divergence of religion and market forces, and the socio-economic and cultural impacts they have produced among middle class diasporic Muslims community in Probolinggo? Since religious commodification operate within an array of shared modes and techniques, our panelists set to explore some contributions to the circulation of interdisciplinary religious phenomena, but at the same time they challenge traditional, hierarchical forms of religious authority in Probolinggo. The articles of the panelists will be published in-print by a national publisher of Cantrik Pustaka Yogyakarta and/or by the journal of At-Turas IAI Nurul Jadid Probolinggo.

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