Sinta Nuriyah

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Sinta Nuriyah
Sinta Nuriyah during the International Conference on Feminism, 2016-09-23 02.jpg
Sinta Nuriyah in 2016
4th First Lady of Indonesia
In role
20 October 1999 23 July 2001
President Abdurrahman Wahid
Preceded by Hasri Ainun Habibie
Succeeded by Taufiq Kiemas
Personal details
Sinta Wah

(1948-03-08) 8 March 1948 (age 71)
Jombang, East Java, Indonesia
Nationality Indonesia
Abdurrahman Wahid
(m. 1968;died 2009)
ChildrenAlissa Qotrunnada
Zannuba Ariffah Chafsoh
Anita Hayatunnufus
Inayah Wulandari

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Early Life

Sinta was born in the Jombang Regency in 1948, the eldest daughter of 18 children. [2] She attended an Islamic boarding school, where, at age 13, she fell in love with Wahid, who was a teacher there. After her father, a professional calligrapher, refused to approve the marriage, Wahid, whose father was the leader of Nahdlatul Ulama, went abroad to study. When Wahid proposed again from Baghdad, Sinta accepted, marrying him three years before he returned to Indonesia in a ceremony where Wahid's grandfather stood in as a proxy. [2]

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After Wahid returned in 1971, Sinta finished a degree in Sharia law. She helped support their four children by making and selling candies. [2]

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In 1992, Sinta was in a car accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down. It took a year of physical therapy before she was able to move her arms. She then finished her women's studies graduate degree at the University of Indonesia by having university staff carry her on a stretcher up to the building's fourth floor. [2]

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  1. Robinson, Kathryn May (2009). Gender, Islam, and democracy in Indonesia. Taylor & Francis. p. 76. ISBN   978-0-415-41583-5.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Emont, Jon (8 April 2017). "A Former First Lady Presses On for a Tolerant, Feminist Islam". The New York Times . p. A6. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  3. "Ex-first lady holds 'sahur' with marginalized people for RI unity". The Jakarta Post . 29 June 2015.
  4. "Sinta Nuriyah is on the 2018 TIME 100 list". TIME . 1 April 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by
Hasri Ainun Habibie
First Lady of Indonesia
Succeeded by
Taufiq Kiemas