The story of how the Minangkabau culture merged with Islam to create a female friendly society - strangely has the Dutch colonialists to thank for! On our journey through West Sumatra the big question was always: How did the Muslim religion and the matrilineal culture of Minangkabau, where women inherit property and keep the family … Continue reading The unlikely marriage of Islam and matriarchy!
It’s difficult to imagine the husband being the underdog in a Muslim society, but that is exactly how it is in the Minangkabau culture of West Sumatra. On our journey into the lush green hills of the Minang Heartlands I see men ploughing the land with water buffalo and women busily harvesting or planting rice … Continue reading Where Muslim men obey their wives!
Continuing our quest for matriarchy we head to West Sumatra in Indonesia, where the Muslim society of Minangkabau dispels all prejudice you normally associate with Islam. To begin with, though, I feel a little overwhelmed, because 86% of Indonesia's 250 million population follow the Islamic faith, making it the most populous Muslim country in the … Continue reading Does a Muslim matriarchy really exist?