1. University of Virginia
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Linguistic Piety in Islamic Java

This paper examines the changing relations between language, aesthetics, and religious interiority in Indonesia. While the once-traditional ritual speech in eastern Indonesia has become gradually aestheticized, desacralized and rare, in Islamic Java another form of ritualized discourse - Quranic Arabic - is increasingly ubiquitous. But the aesthetic and interior qualities of this discourse are matters of considerable debate. Even as more experiential and spiritualized forms of Islamic practice are being embraced by formerly purist groups, improved educational standards in Islamic schooling have resulted in greater use of traditional Arabic names, Islamic preschools, and cosmopolitan Arabic language address forms.

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Event Date: 
Friday, 26 October 2012 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Joel Kuipers
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Professor of Anthropology, The George Washington University