Repressive Pluralism and Islamist Women:
A Case Study of Muslimah Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia
Muhammad Ammar Hidayahtulloh is a PhD student in gender politics at the University of Queensland (UQ). He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY) and a master’s degree in development practice from UQ. He worked as a researcher at the ASEAN Studies Center UMY. His research interests are gender politics, disability rights and ASEAN studies.
Repressive Pluralism and Islamist Women: A Case Study of Muslimah Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia
Some Indonesian political commentators claim that Indonesia’s democracy is in regression due to repressive policies of pluralism that aim to suppress hardline Islamist organisations. However, the existing literature on Indonesia’s politics tends to overlook the gendered implications of enforcing such policies on Islamist women. This research explores the way in which the members of Muslimah Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (MHTI), a women’s wing of HTI, disbanded in 2017, respond to repression. In doing so, I employ a discourse analysis of alternative media sources of MHTI before and after its dissolution.