“Perempuan dan Sufisme: Mempertimbangkan Perspektif Perempuan akan Kebenaran”

Dalam Wednesday Forum minggu ini, kita akan berdiskusi tentang dunia sufisme terkait dengan isu gender dalam Islam di bawah topik Perempuan dan Sufisme: Mempertimbangkan Perspektif Perempuan akan Kebenaran. Najiyah Martiam (alumni CRCS) akan menjadi pembicara untuk topik yang menarik ini.

Kami mengundang Anda untuk bergabung dalam forum ini. Beberapa informasi dapat dibaca di bawah ini.

Hari/Tanggal: Rabu, 1 April 2009
Waktu: 12.30 pm 2.30 pm (gratis makan siang)
Tempat: Room 306, UGM Graduate School Teknika Utara Pogung
Pembicara: Najiyah Martiam, M. A.


The spiritual dimension of Islam is well represented by Sufism. Its doctrines emphasize the spiritual dimension of human beings so that it does not look at the flesh or the corporeal. It views man and woman as the same entity before God who have the same rights and capacity to walk on the Divines path and reach intimacy or communion with Her. Even some Sufis implicitly have admitted the natural potency of the feminine in spirituality. It is very different from most institutionalized religions, which mostly regard women as the second creation who lack faith and reason, therefore, they become the subject of evil. In short, Sufism provides the possibility to overcome the patriarchal construct that emphasizes gender hierarchy on the basis of biology.

Although the doctrines provide the possibility to surpass patriarchal consciousness, this does not guarantee that all Sufis are immune from sexism. Some female Sufi writers found this tendency in the Sufi literatures and Sufi orders. Shadiyya Shaikh gives one example of how some Sufi still associate womankind with the destructive attractions of the commanding soul or al-nafs al-ammārah. Rkia Cornell, acknowledged how male Sufis in the Islamic Middle period had a low opinion of women. In their view, most women are deficient in their knowledge and practice of Islam. Therefore, women cannot speak authoritatively for either Islam or Sufism. This low judgment is derived from the fact that during the monthly periods and child bearing women are prohibited from praying and fasting. In their opinion anyone who is deficient in religion is also deficient in faith. Although there was Rabia in the history who reveals womans capacity in the spiritual path, some people still consider her as a trope rather than a real person.

Using a phenomenological approach this research tried to explore religious experiences of three Sufi women in Java and their view on gender and religious truth.

Sekilas tentang Pembicara: Najiyah Martiam earned her masters degree from CRCS UGM. Her fields of interest include science, religion, spirituality/ Sufism, and sexuality. Some of her publications are: Sayang Otak (love your Brain), Kompas 2006. Dewasa itu Apa sih? (What is Maturity?), Kompas 2006. Bad Mood, Kompas 2006.


Forum ini gratis tanpa dipungut biaya.

Contact person:Elis Z. Anis (ICRS): elis236.andri@ yahoo.com; Lina Pary (CRCS) : lina_pary@yahoo. com; Mustaghfiroh Rahayu (CRCS): mth.rahayu@gmail. com

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