|Okky Madasari (Picture by: Aan/ UMM PR)|
An Indonesian famous writer Okky Madasari spoke up on Islamic Study and Philosophy Center University of Muhammadiyah Malang (PSIF UMM) on Friday (02/18). The writer of a best-seller book “Maryam”, by taking a theme “Literature, Religion & Peace”, Okky explained about the movement in this millennial era which is controlled by narration. “After ’98 reformation era, the freedom to express opinion is guaranteed by the State. Legally, people are no longer scared of being censored or banned”. It can be seen through the easiness of accessing information.
However, Okky is worried about this condition. Nowadays, people tend to have more interest in the books with symbolic narration. For example, the book “Ayat-Ayat Cinta” was printed 160.000 copies within three years. “This novel is labeled as an Islamic literature. It leads how the Islamic literature standard is formed. Then, many people copied this way”.
This kind of novel tells Islamic values only in the beginning. In fact, it only shows the symbol of Islam such as Salam, praying, and other daily prayer. However, it needs to describe the real of Islamic values and critical discourse. “Then I was curious where this kind of culture came from. Finally I found the answer, it came from Buya Hamka’s novels”.
Buya Hamka was a big and much respected figure in Islam. He chose this kind of model in writing his novels because he was under pressure by colonialism which emphasized the narration of the spirit of struggling. “It could be understood that Buya Hamka chose to speak up without feeling pressured. He had a reason, but look at writers now, what reason do they have? “.
Okky stays stand on providing narration with critical discourse to criticize symbolic of Islam label. In her opinion, by providing readers critical discourse, a writer can stand against the hegemony of symbolic Islamic narration. “This critical discourse must be brought wider to the society. Literature and narration which contains critical and non-dogmatic discourse will bring peace to people. People know exactly what they agree about”.
Therefore, starting from now on, writers must be brave to give critical discourse in every work they write. “We gotta change the mindset of readers, so they are brave enough to criticize and avoid dogmatic thinking in order to avoid trapped in radicalism and extremism”. (lus)