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Life as an American Muslim in Indonesia: islamwich Podcast, Episode 5

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In this episode of the islamwich podcast, Kaighla interviews her friend Alta, an American convert living in Java, Indonesia.

We talk about:

  • Her journey to Islam (up until about minute 10:00)
  • Some of the ways culture and Islam are mixed in her world (around minute 15:00-24:00)
  • The differences between the experiences of converts among Arabs vs. that of converts among Asians (starting minute 26:00)
  • The astonishing fact that many Indonesian cultures are still matriarchal, giving women a leadership status in families and society, so the ole “Muslim women should silently obey their husbands” doesn’t really create any conflict in her marriage to a Sumatran Muslim
  • Around minute 27:00, and again at minute 34:00, we talk about the prevailing notion that Arab culture= Islam, and how Arabs actually make up a very small percentage of total Muslim population, while Indonesians alone make up more than 13% of all Muslims.
  • Her struggle to assimilate and become an active member of her community because of the language and cultural barriers, despite the overwhelming kindness of her Indonesian sisters (around minute 31:00)
  • And her invitation to American Muslims to come to Indonesia and see a whole other way Islam is practiced than what they are accustomed to in the states or in Middle Eastern countries.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Life as an American Muslim in Indonesia: islamwich Podcast, Episode 5

  1. Indonesia has the most fascinating super women, I say this because I continue to work with several fantastic ones, and they put to shame all those thinking Asian and Muslim women are victims etc etc. Currently, Indonesia is also the largest Muslim population country, very enjoyable post overall. Thanks so much to all wonderful women who have made this possible.. 😉

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    1. We’re so glad you enjoyed it! I learned so much about Indonesian Muslims, and especially Muslim women in Indonesia, thanks to the excellent conversation I had with Alta. Thanks for following!

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