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Challenging the Secular State: The Islamization of Law in Modern Indonesia

Arskal Salim


This book examines Muslim efforts to incorporate sharia (religious law) into modern Indonesia's legal system from the time of independence in 1945 to the present. The book argues that attempts to formally implement sharia in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim state, have always been marked by tensions between the political aspirations of proponents and opponents of sharia and by resistance from the national government. As a result, although pro-sharia movements have made significant progress in recent years, sharia remains tightly confined within Indonesia's secular legal system. The ... More

Keywords: sharia law, Indonesia, secular legal system, religious law, Muslim countries, Indonesian Muslims, Islamic law, Zakat Law, Islamization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780824832377
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824832377.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arskal Salim, author
Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University