In search of peace: Ahmadi women’s experiences in conflict transformation

Ijtihad: Jurnal Wacana Hukum Islam dan Kemanusiaan. 2016;15(1):61-82 DOI 10.18326/ijtihad.v15i1.61-82


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Journal Title: Ijtihad: Jurnal Wacana Hukum Islam dan Kemanusiaan

ISSN: 1411-9544 (Print); 2477-8036 (Online)

Publisher: Institut Agama Islam Negeri (IAIN) Salatiga

Society/Institution: IAIN Salatiga, Fakultas Syariah

LCC Subject Category: Law: Islamic law

Country of publisher: Indonesia

Language of fulltext: Arabic, Indonesian, English

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Nina Mariani Noor (Inter Religious Studies, ICRS Universitas Gadjah Mada)
Siti Syamsiyatun (Inter Religious Studies, ICRS Universitas Gadjah Mada)
JB. Banawiratma (Inter Religious Studies, ICRS Universitas Gadjah Mada)


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In the last few years, religious conflicts involving a minority Muslim group, Ahmadiyya, have risen dramatically in Indonesia; the most recent being the attack on the Ahmadiyya community in Cikeusik Banten, West Java, where three Ahmadis were killed and the sealing of Al Mishbah Mosque by local government of Bekasi West Java. Understanding the context of violent conflict and the ways individual Ahmadi women take agency to challenge such oppression is an important first step in creating a more equitable and peaceful Indonesia. To examine the experience of Ahmadi women exercising their agency in conflict transformation, this qualitative research was conducted in four areas of Indonesia: Bogor, Kuningan, Yogyakarta and Lombok, by gathering data from the narratives of Ahmadi women who actively participate in Lajnah Imaillah, an Ahmadiyya’s women’s organization. This research highlights three stages of conflict transformation that the women employed: 1) asking for government help; 2) taking physical action to defend their rights; and 3) defining themselves as Indonesian citizens who have the same rights as others. Through these actions, they show their ability to help others, transforming the conflict by forming better relationships and understanding with other Indonesian citizens.