Proceedings of the International Conference on Culture and Language in Southeast Asia (ICCLAS 2017)

Arabic Names for Young Children: Evaluating Muslim Javanese Identity

Pradika Ajar, Ananta Tur
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identity; naming; globalization; Islam; Javanese
The essence of names in a multilingual-multicultural nation is as an identity. These names will give a special identity to a person in the development of his/her personality. Selecting names is not merely a ritual dedicated to just-born babies but it is also a hope and a prayer with meaningful denotation. Since Indonesia is called as Muslim-majority nation, the people consider their Islamic traditions completed by some guidelines taught in religious teaching to choose the best names for their children. However, a missing link appears from generation to generation. They consider the form of Arabic names more than local names in order to reflect the Muslim identity. In addition, the uniqueness, complexity of words, and harmony in sound are the other considerations to choose names for their children in this globalization era. The mindset has changed that prestige has more attention than the values in naming practice. The focus of this research is on selecting Indonesian young children names with special reference to identity and socio-cultural changes in the society facing the globalization era. Factors affecting the above such as language, culture, technology, and public figure aspirations can be a considerate attention in evaluating the perception of their mindset in selecting names for their children because this seemingly rises to problems of identity. Besides, the reasons why naming associates with Indonesians' identity identification is investigated in this research. This research is conducted in Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta (Yogyakarta Special District) which people regard as a miniature of Indonesia where Javanese ethnic groups as the majority live in harmony with other ethnics, even with foreigners. The atmosphere in Yogyakarta is quite dynamic enabling the interspersing of many cultures from the entire of the world.
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  title={Arabic Names for Young Children: Evaluating Muslim Javanese Identity},
  author={Ajar, Pradika and Tur, Ananta},
  booktitle={International Conference on Culture and Language in Southeast Asia (ICCLAS 2017)},
  publisher={Atlantis Press}
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