Historically, the Indonesian Islamic Boarding School (Pondok Pesantren) has played a pivotal role in building a sense of identity among the Indonesian Muslim community. For students of 'Pondok Pesantren', the label of 'santri' is not only related to religious commitment but also to social and political engagement in a wider context of society. Nevertheless, the history of colonialism in Indonesia has created a double system of education in which religious education is positioned in the periphery vis-a-vis the more popular secular system of education. However, the changing landscape in contemporary Indonesian society also opens a new challenge and opportunity for religious education, particularly within the context of 'Pondok Pesantren'. My research aims to investigate the potential contribution of 'Pondok Pesantren' in the middle of the debate regarding the issue of the public sphere in the internet era. It analyses the articulation of power within the institution in regard to the potential secularisation of the internet and the identity and aspiration of 'santri' in the internet era. By investigating these issues, this presentation aims to analyze the role of 'Pondok Pesantren' in reclaiming the future of religious education in Indonesia.
Asep Darmini, University of Warwick, United Kingdom