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Challenging the Secular StateThe Islamization of Law in Modern Indonesia$
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Arskal Salim

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832377

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832377.001.0001

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Islamization in Indonesia

Islamization in Indonesia

(p.45) 5 Islamization in Indonesia
Challenging the Secular State

Arskal Salim

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter looks at Islamization in Indonesia from both historical and theoretical points of view. The term “Islamization” here is referred to, particularly in the context of a modern nation-state, as a process of certain measures and campaigns that call for the establishment of what are regarded as Islamic doctrines in Muslim legal, political, and social systems. It is manifested by the rise of various Islamic movements as a proactive force for political change and social development. The aim of Islamization at this stage is no longer merely to convert people from their previous beliefs to Islam, but to replace a secular-based government with a government grounded in the doctrines of religion and to bring about a new society wholeheartedly committed to the teachings of Islamic sharia in their totality, and striving to abide by those teachings in all aspects of life.

Keywords:   political change, social development, Islamization, Indonesia, Islamic doctrines, Islamic movements, Indonesian government

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