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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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Reproducing the Millet System

Reproducing the Millet System

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(p.70) 8 Reproducing the Millet System
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Challenging the Secular State
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Arskal Salim

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824832377.003.0009

This chapter describes how the Ottoman millet system was reintroduced in an Indonesian context. It contends that the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MORA) in Indonesia appears to be a replica of this system. The MORA has not only helped reinforce national legal development by eliminating the remnants of the Dutch colonial legal structure that was based mostly on racial or ethnic groups, but has actually initiated attempts to develop a new legal system that differentiates citizens based on their religions. Extracting some functions related to Islam from other departments, such as the religious courts, education, and information services, the MORA rode the paradigm of nation-state to transform the Ottoman millet system into its new Indonesian version.

Keywords:   national legal development, Indonesia, Ministry of Religious Affairs, Ottoman millet system, nation-state

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