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Religious Authority and Local Governance in Eastern Indonesia – An Abode of Islam

Religious Authority and Local Governance in Eastern Indonesia – An Abode of Islam
19 Russell Street, Room AP330
Time: Mar 22nd, 4:00 pm End: Mar 22nd, 5:30 pm
Interest Categories: Religion, Study of (FAS), Political Science, Law, Faculty of , Islamic Studies, Anthropology (UTSC), Anthropology (UTM), Anthropology (FAS), 2000-
Talk by Jeremy J. Kingsley, National University of Singapore

The Department of Anthropology and the Centre for Islamic Studies presents

Religious Authority and Local Governance in Eastern Indonesia - An Abode of Islam

Governance is not simply a matter of statecraft nor societal norms, but a complicated and wide array of social practices and structures. In this paper I argue that it is necessary to see governance as a nuanced concept that needs to be read as a combination of institutions, rules and actors often constituted within a set of dynamic social, religious and political processes. In short, governance is a matter of law and lore intertwined. This lecture discusses my forthcoming book that investigates the world's largest Muslim majority state, Indonesia, and its local governance landscape. By providing a detailed account of local communities and religious authority on the eastern Indonesian island of Lombok I argue for a fabric of governance that intertwines a series of complex socio-political arrangements on the island. This lecture will interrogate Lombok's carefully woven fabric of governance through an ethnographic study of an Islamic boarding school, Darul Falah, and the community surrounding it. Through this nuanced lens of inquiry, with a careful eye to the historical trajectories on this island, I am able to examine the political and religious forces that are guiding social regulation and political affairs.

Dr Jeremy Kingsley is a legal scholar and anthropologist. As a lawyer who blends anthropology into his scholarship this brings an interdisciplinary academic approach to his work. Jeremy received his LLM and PhD degrees in Law at the University of Melbourne and his BA and LLB from Deakin University. His research focuses primarily upon religious and political authority in Indonesia and how this affects local governance. He is now looking at this notion of authority and the interconnections between Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Jeremy has completed a two-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore (NUS), as well as having lectured at Tembusu College, also at NUS. Jeremy has undertaken extensive field research primarily on the eastern Indonesian island of Lombok. His work has been published in academic and public affairs journals. Jeremy is currently undertaking a research project entitled: "Interpreting Justice - Islam, Law and Politics in Southeast Asia and the Middle East" at the Middle East Institute, NUS

This event is free and open to all. Registration is required. For further information, please contact the Department of Anthropology at (416) 978-4805


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