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Islam, Gender, and Democracy in Comparative Perspective$
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Jocelyne Cesari and José Casanova

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198788553

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198788553.001.0001

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Islamic Law and Muslim Women in Modern Indonesia

Islamic Law and Muslim Women in Modern Indonesia

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Islam, Gender, and Democracy in Comparative Perspective

Robert W. Hefner

Oxford University Press

In recent years many Muslim-majority countries have undergone troubled and even tragic political transitions. A key feature of most transitions has been heightened debate over the place of women in public life, and the role of Shari‘a and Islamic ethical traditions in defining women’s roles. This chapter examines the pervasiveness of Shari‘a appeals in today’s transitions, in particular with regard to the Southeast Asian nation of Indonesia. It presents a general model for the analysis of Islamic law and ethical plurality, and then explores the model in relation to the history of Islamic law and gender politics in modern Indonesia. It ends with an analysis of the unsuccessful effort of the Islamic women’s movement in 2004 to introduce far-reaching gender reforms into the codified body of Islamic personal status law used since 1991 in Indonesia’s Islamic courts.

Keywords:   Indonesia, Islamic law, women in public life, Shari‘a, women’s roles, gender politics

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