Ahmad Nuril Huda

NISIS PhD candidate at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Leiden University. Research Project: Projecting Islam on Screen: The Indonesian Muslims' Negotiations with Modernity. Keywords: Popular culture - Muslim societies - Indonesian Islam - Islamic/Islamicate film - Anthropology of media.

Projecting Islam on Screen: The Indonesian Muslims' Negotiations with Modernity

This research focuses on Islamic films and cinematic practices of Muslims in contemporary Indonesia. More specifically, it questions the meanings of the production, circulation and reception of Indonesian Islamic films by looking into the different actors, agencies, and discourses that shape the negotiating processes of defining what is Islamic and not Islamic about film. Also part of this project is to examine the representation of Islam in Indonesian Islamic films, as well as to map out the audiences of these films, and to search the role these films are able to create a Muslim (counter) public. In the end, the project will show the ways these films are infrastructural to understanding the transformative meanings of being Muslims in contemporary modern Indonesia. The field of this research is mainly conducted in Jakarta and several Pesantrens (Islamic boarding houses) in Java.


Ahmad Nuril Huda (1983) is a NISIS PhD candidate at the department of Cultural Anthropology at the faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences of Leiden University. He completed his bachelor’s degree (2004) at the department of Arabic Language and Literature at UIN Maulana Malik Ibrahim Malang, and obtained his Master’s degree - thanks to Training Indonesia’s Young Leaders (TIYL) - in Islamic Studies (2010) at Leiden University.

Email address: a.nuril.huda@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

Last Modified: 10-04-2015