Proceedings of the 19th Annual International Conference on Islamic Studies, AICIS 2019, 1-4 October 2019, Jakarta, Indonesia

Research Article

New Religious Authority of Islamic Millennial: A Study of Rohis Community in Medan City

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.1-10-2019.2291670,
        author={S T Sumanti},
        title={New Religious Authority of Islamic Millennial:  A Study of Rohis Community  in Medan City},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the 19th Annual International Conference on Islamic Studies, AICIS 2019, 1-4 October 2019, Jakarta, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={AICIS},
        year={2020},
        month={2},
        keywords={religious authority rohis millenial},
        doi={10.4108/eai.1-10-2019.2291670}
    }
    
  • S T Sumanti
    Year: 2020
    New Religious Authority of Islamic Millennial: A Study of Rohis Community in Medan City
    AICIS
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.1-10-2019.2291670
S T Sumanti1,*
  • 1: University of State Islamic North Sumatra Medan
*Contact email: solihahtitinsumanti@uinsu.ac.id

Abstract

Teenagers, or today mostly known as millennial generation, is transition phase from the child to the adult category. They look for identity through various activities such as Rohis community. This research focuses on how Rohis community of Madrasah Aliyah Negeri (MAN) in Medan city determines religious authority. The study also discusses how this spiritual community organized the group, built the network strategy, strengthened solidarity, and constructed an Islamic identity. The object of research is Muslim millennial generations who are member of Rohis of Madrasah Aliyah Negeri. This study results in a fact that this group does not follow the conventional religious authority but populism. The culture of populism with gadget as part of the life style including social media applications has constructed the spiritual identity especially in choosing and sorting out religious teachings to practice. The religious authority shifted form conventional to a new determining power, such as to determine patterns, shapes, styles and ways of practicing Islamic teachings. Their religiosity suggests symbolic identities, such as dressing, religious rituals and Islamic jargon can recognize among teenagers in the public sphere. Referring to the revealed they can be identified as groups inclined to the "culture of Wahabism". Culture "New Wahabism" is appearing in a new form in strengthening the network of “da'wah” through social media.