The unlikely marriage of Islam and matriarchy!

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!

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Where Muslim men obey their wives!

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!