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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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(p.169) Conclusion
Challenging the Secular State

Arskal Salim

University of Hawai'i Press

This concluding chapter reviews the dissonances found in the motivations behind the process of Islamization. These dissonances essentially arise because of the difficulty in reconciling the centrality of sharia for pious Muslims with the fundamental importance of the plural religious system that is at the heart of Indonesia as a secular state. To highlight this concern, the chapter presents the key findings of this study and seeks to demonstrate the complexity of legal and political dissonance in the implementation of sharia in Indonesia. Finally, the chapter demonstrates how religious practices and sociopolitical life in Indonesia have been reconfigured by attempts to Islamize laws, and how this has meant as much an Indonesianization of shariʻa as an Islamization of Indonesia.

Keywords:   shariʻa, Islamization, Indonesia, legal dissonance, political dissonance, religious practice, Indonesian sociopolitical life, sharia, Islamization, Indonesia

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