The Discourse of Indonesian Muslim Identity Politics Represented in Online News Portals

Rahayu, Mundi (2017) The Discourse of Indonesian Muslim Identity Politics Represented in Online News Portals. Presented at International Conference on Islamic Studies (AICIS) 2017, November 2017, Jakarta. (Unpublished)

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Media plays important role in reshaping political constellation and identity in the post Indonesian reform era. One major event that attracted national and international media coverage in 2016 was “Aksi Bela Islam”, which was held to resist against Basuki Tjahja Purnama (Ahok) nomination as a candidate of Jakarta governor. This paper will discuss this event that occurred on 14 October 2016 and on subsequent demonstration that followed in November and December 2016. This “Aksi Bela Islam” is important to understand the trend and shift of identity politics of contemporary Islam and its relation to the idea of haria law application in Jakarta proposed by Ahok’s contenders and citizenship (pribumi vs non-pribumi). This research focuses on how the discourse of “Bela Islam” (Defending Islam) is represented in online (national and international-based) news portal. It will explore four online news portal, two are national online news portal, namely Kompas and Republika and two others represent international online news portal, namely al Jazeera and BBC. This study shows that the politics of identity of Islamic populism is on the rise in Indonesian context through many actions under the flag of “Bela Islam” the year before the election and the issue of “pribumi vs non-pribumi” is also rising that shape the political space of contemporary Indonesia.

Item Type: Conference (Paper)
Keywords: Aksi Bela Islam, identity politics, Islamic populism, pribumi vs non-pribumi
Subjects: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2099 Other Language, Communication and Culture > 209999 Language, Communication and Culture not elsewhere classified
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Department of English Language and Letters
Depositing User: Dr Mundi Rahayu
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2018 02:36


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