Vol 15, No 2 (2021)

Cockfighting in Javanese Muslim Society during the Nineteenth and the Early Twentieth Century

Adi Putra Surya Wardhana (Institut Seni Indonesia Surakarta)
Dennys Pradita (Universitas Jambi)
Fiqih Aisyatul Farokhah (Institut Agama Islam Tarbiyatut Tholabah Lamongan)
Andriyanto Andriyanto (Universitas Veteran Bangun Nusantara)

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Publish Date
01 Dec 2021


This study aims to analyze the thoughts of Javanese Muslims on cockfighting in the nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries. It has been a custom and culture since humans domesticated chickens. At first, it had a sacred connotation. It eventually devolved into a profane gamble. Although Islam banned animals fighting and gambling, the tradition continued during the Islamic era. This study examines (1) the reasons why Javanese Muslim culture enjoys cockfighting, (2) the forms of Javanese Muslim thought about cockfighting in Javanese manuscripts from the nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries, (3) its influence on colonial and royal rule in Java. Research showed that some thoughts normalized cockfighting and cockfight gambling, but some viewed the game as an evil deed during the nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries.

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The Journal of Indonesian Islam (printed ISSN 1978-6301 and online ISSN 2355-6994) is a refereed academic journal published biannually by the Post­gra­duate Program (PPs) and the Institute for the Study of Religion and Society (LSAS), the State Institute for Islamic Studies (IAIN) Sunan Ampel ...