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Hearing Allah's CallPreaching and Performance in Indonesian Islam$
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Julian Millie

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501713118

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501713118.001.0001

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The Unique Voice … and Its Travails

The Unique Voice … and Its Travails

(p.46) Chapter 2 The Unique Voice … and Its Travails
Hearing Allah's Call

Julian Millie

Cornell University Press

Chapter Three is the first in a bracket of two which compares orations by two skilled preachers, and which provides contextual background to the evaluations of preaching explored in later chapters. Kyai Al-Jauhari (b. 1971) is the most popular preacher amongst village audiences in West Java. His success is premised on his bold and shocking exercise of virtuoso skills in a number of performance genres. These skills are in great demand by mosque committees intent on attracting large audiences to community celebrations. At the same time, his unique voice leads to negative evaluations from outside the environment in which his preaching is valued so highly.

Keywords:   Islamic performance, Islamic preaching, Islam and culture, Sundanese culture, Media in Indonesia

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