Making Modern Muslim Women: The ‘Aisyiyah-Muhammadiyah Madrasah Perempuan Berkemajuan Program


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This paper examines religious and social dimensions of the ‘Aisyiyah Madrasah Perempuan Berkemajuan (I. MPB – Women’s Progressive Madrasah) program. MPB is a cadre building program designed to educate members and followers about the ‘Aisyiah /Muhammadiyah’s religious and social agendas, deepen their commitment to them and strengthen collective identities based on them. It is an integral component of larger efforts to promote the recently rediscovered and redefined concept of Islam Berkemajuan (Progressive Islam) that was originally formulated in the opening decades of the twentieth century and to use it as a tool for countering efforts by conservative and extremist organizations to “infiltrate” Muhammadiyah institutions and gain adherents, especially among Muhammadiyah youth. It is also an effort to provide a wasathiyah (A. middle way) alternative to what van Bruinessen describes as “The Conservative Turn” in Indonesian Islam.


‘Aisyiyah; Madrasah Perempuan Berkemajuan; Progressive Islam

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