Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Islamic Studies, ICIS 2020, 27-28 October 2020, Ponorogo, Indonesia

Research Article

Moderate Islamic Education and Religious Digital Literature: The Making of Children's Moderate Identities Through the NU Kids Application

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.27-10-2020.2304174,
        author={Yusmicha Ulya Afif and Arik  Dwijayanto},
        title={Moderate Islamic Education and Religious Digital Literature: The Making of Children's Moderate Identities Through the NU Kids Application},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Islamic Studies, ICIS 2020, 27-28 October 2020, Ponorogo, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={ICIS},
        year={2021},
        month={2},
        keywords={moderate islam; digital literature; children's identity; nu kids},
        doi={10.4108/eai.27-10-2020.2304174}
    }
    
  • Yusmicha Ulya Afif
    Arik Dwijayanto
    Year: 2021
    Moderate Islamic Education and Religious Digital Literature: The Making of Children's Moderate Identities Through the NU Kids Application
    ICIS
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.27-10-2020.2304174
Yusmicha Ulya Afif1,*, Arik Dwijayanto2
  • 1: Institut Agama Islam Negeri Ponorogo, Jl. Pramuka No.156, Po Box 116 Ponorogo
  • 2: Institut Agama Islam Sunan Giri Ponorogo, Jl. Batong Katong No. 32, Ponorogo
*Contact email: yusmicha@iainponorogo.ac.id

Abstract

This article argues that the emergence of digital literature in android-based applications such as NU Kids is a response to the contestation and fragmentation of religious authority in Indonesia as well as a medium to spread moderate Islam for children and an effort to build alternative religious authority and as a source for the formation of children's moderate identities. Through creative content, NU Kids provides education in the form of encyclopedias and fun games for children to get to know the history and practices of Nahdlatul Ulama. This article aims to explore the latest developments in moderate Islamic narratives in digital religious literature, especially in the segmentation of children. The results of this study indicate that the NU Kids application can be an alternative religious digital literature and a source of moderate religious identity formation for children.