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Thomas Barker

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9789888528073

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888528073.001.0001

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Marrying Islam and Pop Culture

Marrying Islam and Pop Culture

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Indonesian Cinema after the New Order

Thomas Barker

Hong Kong University Press

As feature film has become mainstream entertainment again, it has coincided with the emergence of new forms of piety and religious practices amongst Indonesian Muslims. Beginning in 2008, a new kind of feature film with Islamic themes began to be made capturing these new modes and ideas of Islamic piety. Tracing the emergence and development of this genre, this chapter looks in depth at how polygamy is represented by culturally progressive filmmakers. To balance normative values around love and gender roles, the films take an anti-polygamy stance by showing the impossibility of polygamous marriage. Behind many Islamic themed films is the director Hanung Bramantyo who has emerged as the most commercially successful but also controversial directors making Islamic films today.

Keywords:   Islam, social norms, polygamy, travel, Hanung Bramantyo, romance, film genre

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