Mrs Rifa Tsamrotul Saadah
Sharaif’s Civic Engagement in Jakarta: A Journey Through Nobility and Cosmopolitanism in the Public Sphere
This paper attempts to investigate the journey of Sharaif (female descendants of the prophet) in Jakarta who have moved beyond relying solely on traditional teachings within the Yemeni community in Indonesia by embracing women's leadership, political party engagement, and entertainment on social media. My paper will answer two questions. First, how does Shara’if negotiate their identity to play significance roles in the public sphere? Second, how do they interpret their identity and maintain it amidst their nobility as descendants of the prophet?
Rifa Ts Saadah is an Islamic studies teacher in Pesantren. She is currently a junior researcher in Rumah Kita Bersama collaborating with Oslo University, Norway (2021). She received her Bachelor’s degree from Syarif Hidayatullah Islamic State University in Jakarta, with a specialization in Quranic Exegesis. She then continued her MA degree in Islamic Studies at the Faculty of Islamic Studies, Indonesia International Islamic Universit y (UIII) in Indonesia, with a specialization in Islam, Gender, and Islamic Traditional Text Studies. Her research and publications focus on global currents of Islam reshaping the lives of Muslim in Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia.