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Indonesians in Israel and Palestine: Pilgrimage, Solidarity and Competition

Gastvortrag von Mirjam Lücking in der Reihe „Spotlight Southeast Asia“ im Colloquium Politicum, in Kooperation mit dem Institutskolloquium des Instituts für Ethnologie und CETRAS.
Wann 17.06.2020
von 20:00 bis 22:00
Wo HS 1098, KG I
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The booming business of pilgrimage tourism from Indonesia to Jerusalem reflects socio-political undercurrents in contemporary Muslim-Christian relations in Indonesia. Indonesia’s Muslim majority shows great solidarity with the Palestinian people, while many members of the Christian minority feel connected to Israel and the Jewish people. The pilgrimage industry has become an arena for the politicization and marketization of religious affiliation, feelings of solidarity and enemy images. However, actual practices during the religious travels often blur boundaries. The tensions between pragmatic cooperation and ideological competition reveal that Muslim-Christian relations and claims of transnational solidarity are complicated through cleavages within the Muslim and Christian communities of Indonesia. Ethnographic descriptions of narratives and practices in the context of Indonesians’ guided pilgrimage tours to Israel and the West Bank shed light on these socio-political dynamics and discuss the travels’ impact on the Indonesian, Israeli and Palestinian societies.

Mirjam Lücking is a postdoctoral fellow at the Martin Buber Society of Fellows at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her current research interests concern new religious movements, economic and ideological competition, and changing ritual practices in pilgrimage tourism to Jerusalem. She completed her PhD in 2017 at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Freiburg with a dissertation on Indonesians' engagement with the Arab World. Her research results are among others published in BIJDRAGEN and the European Journal of East Asian Studies.