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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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Bringing Back the ‘Seven Words’

Bringing Back the ‘Seven Words’

(p.85) 10 Bringing Back the ‘Seven Words’
Challenging the Secular State

Arskal Salim

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter presents the historical facts of constitution making or reform in the Indonesian context, with particular reference to the position of sharia in Article 29 on Religion. More specifically, it looks at attempts to reintroduce sharia into the Indonesian constitution after the Investigatory Committee for the Independence of Indonesia (BPUPKI) and Preparatory Committee for the Independence of Indonesia (PPKI) meetings in 1945. The first attempt was in the meetings of the Constituent Assembly (Dewan Konstituante) from 1957 to 1959. The second effort took place in the first years of the New Order era (1966–1998), during the meetings of the Provisional People's Consultative Assembly (MPRS) Annual Session of 1966 to 1968. Finally, the third attempt occurred during the process of constitutional amendment in the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) Annual Sessions of 2000, 2001, and 2002. All these attempts were, however, unsuccessful.

Keywords:   constitution making, constitutional reform, sharia, Indonesian constitution, Constituent Assembly, Dewan Konstituante, Provisional People's Consultative Assembly, MPRS, People's Consultative Assembly, MPR

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