The Politicization of Islam: Criticism of Patrimony and the Tradition of Forced Marriage in the Novels Woman with a Turban and the Holy Woman

Rima Firdaus, Rizal Octofianto Datau, Bramantio Bramantio, Nadya Afdholy, Listyono Santoso


This paper discusses the problem of women's resistance in the form of criticism of patrimonialism and the tradition of forced marriage in Islam in the novels Perempuan Berkalung Sorban (Woman with a Turban) and The Holy Woman. The purpose of this paper is to show and describe the resistance of women to the establishment of patrimonial constructions, especially the tradition of forced marriage in Islam. The qualitative descriptive method was used in this study. The use of feminist literary criticism theory was chosen as an analytical tool. The result of the analysis of the two novels is women are silenced by the patrimonial cultural system. The text in the form of a novel is used by the author to resist the tradition of forced marriage in the name of Islam which has been preserved for generations by the "father" who represents men. Both Abidah and Qaisra try to provide information to readers regarding forms of domination and coercion of a father to marry off his daughter. Under the pretext of acting in the name of Islam, it actually does not reflect Islamic values. Islam is used as a tool to politicize a father's power over his daughter. The politicization of Islam is used as a "shield" for fathers to control their daughters, especially in the forced marriage tradition. It is this awareness that both of them want to build, especially the community, especially readers.


Forced Marriage; Islamic Politicization; Patrimony; Resistance; Tradition

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