The Silent Desire: Islam, Women's Sexuality and the Politics of Patriarchy in Indonesia

Irma Riyani

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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Abstract

This thesis Investigates how Islamic teachings influence Muslim married women's perceptions and behaviour in their marital sexual relationships in Indonesia. I argue that the state gender ideology, cultural discourses and Islam play significant roles in shaping women's sexuality.
Fieldwork was conducted in West Java. Interviews provided ethnographic data and an Islamic feminist hermeneutic approach facilitated critical analysis of Islamic texts.
My thesis shows that most women consider that sex is their duty in marriage. Religious teachings about sexuality are very influential in this. The research also shows that some women exercise agency to negotiate pleasurable marital sexual relations.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Award date7 Oct 2016
Publication statusUnpublished - 2016

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