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Neng Dara Affiah: Her jihad against Muslims' schizophrenia

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 24, 2018   /  12:22 pm
Neng Dara Affiah: Her jihad against Muslims' schizophrenia Muslim women walk to Sudirman mosque as an officer guides the way in Denpasar, Bali, to observe the Idul Fitri mass prayer on Sunday, June 25, 2017. (JP/Zul Trio Anggono)

Schizophrenia. We’ve all heard of this disorder, right? This is the short, non-medical definition I found in a dictionary: “A mentality or approach characterized by inconsistent or contradictory elements.” Some would call it, hypocrisy. We all know people like that, don’t we? What if I said that Muslims are currently suffering from this mental illness? It falls into the category that some scholars call “cultural schizophrenia,” whereby an entity is “crushed between two or more cultures, disabling them from balancing the dictations of the cultures.” In the case of Islam, in Indonesia as well as elsewhere, it’s the failure of conservative and fundamentalist Muslims to reconcile Islamic teachings and values with modernity and the principles of human rights and democracy. It has a lot to do with the negative patriarchal values that ...

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