Syaifudin Zuhri (Alumnus BGSMCS)
Shrines Making and Contesting the Sacred: Muslim Pilgrimage in Contemporary Bali-Indonesia.
The Invention of Tradition and the Politics of Place: Muslims in Bali
This thesis is specifically dealing with the localised form of sainthood tradition and the political trajectory of sacred place in contemporary Balinese society. It contends an argument about Balinese Muslim’s struggles for ‘recognition’ in the face of Hindu majority and the politics of culture by specifically looking at a newly invented form of sainthood in the island so-called Wali Pitu (Seven Balinese Muslim saints) and the making of sacred places. The primary sources for my study are deep interviews, sound recordings, and photograph taken through a series of extensive fieldwork, particularly when dealing with the sainthood discourse. Secondary literature includes selected historical sources, contemporary religious and academic literature on related subjects, newspaper, magazines, historical photographs, maps, and other related data.
First Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Vincent Houben
Second Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Manja Stephan-Emmrich
Third Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Léon Buskens