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WFU/Indonesia and the Netherlands: Ramadan Observed (Summer)
Amsterdam, Netherlands; Yogyakarta, Indonesia
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Summer II, 2014
REL 390 Ramadan Observed (3hrs)
During this course we will study, observe and participate in events surrounding the Islamic fasting of Ramadan as this special month is celebrated in Indonesia and in the Netherlands. Indonesia is the largest Muslim majority country in the world. Ramadan is part of daily culture and religious life and expressed through special preaching and prayer events, festivals, celebrations and forms of popular culture such as publications and movies. Muslims in the Netherlands are a minority. They have to adapt to the surrounding society when fasting and find ways to express their religious identity in a multi-cultural environment. We will compare how Muslims in the two countries experience this special month of the Islamic year and how the non-Muslim environment engages with them during this time.
We will stay three weeks in Yogyakarta, on the island of Java and two weeks in Amsterdam. During our studies we will join Indonesian and Dutch students to discuss topics of inclusion and exclusion, belonging to a majority or minority religious community, and the rituals and practices surrounding Ramadan.
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