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ERIC Number: EJ827885
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0218-8791
Muslim Women and Education in Indonesia: The "Pondok Pesantren" Experience
Srimulyani, Eka
Asia Pacific Journal of Education, v27 n1 p85-99 Mar 2007
The "pondok pesantren" education is a "traditional" form of Muslim education in Indonesia. This boarding school system can be traced back to the 18th century or further. However, it was not until 1930 that the "pesantren" officially admitted female students, beginning with the Pesantren Denanyar of Jombang. The acceptance of female students in the "pesantren" was a significant breakthrough in the Indonesian Islamic context. It has led to a unique provision of Muslim education in a largely gender-segregated setting, although the strictness of this depends on the flexibility of the "pesantren" leader. This paper provides a qualitative, socio-historical perspective of the current state of "pesantren" education for women in Indonesia, and the challenges faced in achieving gender equity. It discusses the positioning of female students vis-a-vis limited access to public space, their roles--both expected and aspired to--in society, gender bias in teaching material, and the male-centred structure of authority within the institution. While acknowledging the contributions that the "pesantren" have made to the education of Muslim women in Indonesia, this paper urges them to address such internal tensions to improve the quality of education provided to women. (Contains 17 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Indonesia