How do Indonesian Muslims see, perceive, and engage with the “imagined” Arab world? What does “Arab” mean for them? Who shapes and “guides” their view, opinion, interpretation, and understandings about the Arab world? What factors have shaped their imagination and portrayals of the Arab world and “Arabness”? These are among the questions that the author tries to answer in this fine book, which was developed from her doctoral thesis. To answer these intriguing questions, the author departed from her home country (Germany) for Indonesia to gather data among the returnees of Mecca pilgrims and among Gulf (especially Saudi Arabia) female labor migrants in several locations in Central Java (including Yogyakarta) and Madura.
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