Muhammad Ansor(1*), Cut Intan Meutia(2)

(1) Institut Agama Islam Negeri Langsa-Aceh
(2) Institut Agama Islam Negeri Langsa-Aceh
(*) Corresponding Author


The article examined the experiences of Christian women teachers in the public space of school in Aceh.
Based on the narrated biographies of seven teachers, this article focuses on exploring the regulation
impact of Islamic dress code toward formation of Christian women’s identity in Aceh. The source of
data is collected through observation and semi-structured interviews during 2013- 2014. The article
uses the habitus theory from Bourdieu and the identity concept of ‘in between’ from Bhaba. This article
shows that the public space of school becomes the arena of power contestation between Moslem and
the minority, the Christian women, which led to the inclination of Christian women to wear headscraft.
The article also shows that the implementation of Islamic sharia encourages the emergence of hybrid
identity of the veiled Christian women. This hybrid identity was born from the result of complicated
negotiation between identities as women teacher, Christian, and citizen of Aceh.


Aceh; Christian women; Identity negotiation

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