Southeast Asia

Organized Panel Session

1 - Christian and Muslim Youth in Indonesia: Learning to Navigate Inter-Religious Boundaries

Thursday, March 22
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: Madison A, Mezzanine Level

In response to national concerns about the moral failings of Indonesian youth and social issues like rising religious intolerance, a revised curriculum developed in 2013 promised an increased focus on character and religious education. Educational goals toward developing social competencies in youth, including tolerance, have translated into strong imperatives for youth to acquire friends from various religious backgrounds. At the same time, as youth consider possibilities for dating and marriage, Catholic, Protestant, and Islamic religious education courses all stress the importance of marrying someone from the same religious background. In this context, youth are left to navigate inter-religious boundaries as they are encouraged to socialize with religious “others” while simultaneously maintaining a safe distance in order to avoid developing romantic relationships with them. Furthermore, in the broader context of this majority-Protestant province of North Sulawesi, inter-religious marriages are often cited as providing a framework of tolerance that sustains harmonious inter-religious relations in the region. On the other hand, discourses about the threat of inter-religious marriages and their association with proselytization also inform fears of both Christianization and Islamization in the region and nation. Overall, I consider the complex conjunction of ethical frames that youth are exposed to from the broader political situation, religious teachings, and their social experiences at school that shape their understandings of and approaches toward inter-religious boundaries. The study is based on more than 16 months of ethnographic fieldwork in Catholic, Muslim, and public high schools in North Sulawesi, Indonesia.


 

Erica Larson

Boston University, Kansas

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