Pawestren

Pawestren is a women’s prayer space that is commonly found in Javanese mosques, Indonesia. The word pawestren or paestren stems from the Javanese wordestri, which means woman, to signify the women’s prayer space in the mosque. Several areas named it pedokan (from the wordwedok) or pawadonan (fromwadon), all of which have a similar meaning to pawestren. G. F. Pijper in Fragmenta Islamica: Studien over het Islamisme in Nederlandsch-Indie (1934) identifies that the pawestren is an essential element in Javanese mosques and has existed for centuries.

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