Reading Contemporary Indonesian Muslim Women Writers. Representation, Identity and Religion of Muslim Women in Indonesian Fiction
While women and Islam are common themes in Indonesian literature, writings about woman and their Islamic identity are rare. Reading Contemporary Indonesian Muslim Women Writers: Representation, Identity and Religion of Muslim Women in Indonesian Fiction looks at the work of four contemporary Indonesian Muslim women writers: Titis Basino P.I., Ratna Indraswari Ibrahim, Abidah El Kalieqy and Helvy Tiana Rosa. The book examines how gender is constructed and in turn constructs the identity, roles and status of Muslim women in Indonesia and how such relations are portrayed in fiction, covering issues of authenticity, representation and power, intertwined in a variety of aesthetic forms and narrative structures. This book is an investigation of how the work of these Indonesian Muslim women narrative writers has sustained, challenged, worked and re-worked the perceptions of Muslim women, their roles and status in Islamic societies.