Piety, Celebrity, Sociality

Tweeting Religion in Indonesia When Political Arenas Go Viral

John Postill and Leonard Chrysostomos Epafras

The popularity of social media in Indonesia, combined with the rise of political Islamism in recent years, are changing the ways in which people engage with religious matters in the [...]

Sincerity and Scandal The Cultural Politics of “Fake Piety” in Indonesia

James B. Hoesterey

President Obama’s first official visit to Indonesia in 2010 was broadcast live on national television. Political choreographers were eager to capitalize on the homecoming of Indonesia’s adopted prodigal son. To [...]

Paths to Celebrity Status The Significance of Social Media for Islamic Preachers from South Sulawesi

Wahyuddin Halim

Social media may create narrow communities of fellowship, but they can also introduce esoteric knowledge to broader communities. In this essay, I trace the rise of a nationally popular Muslim [...]