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Women and Sharia Law in Northern Indonesia
Local Women's NGOs and the Reform of Islamic Law in Aceh

ISBN 9781138819368
Published March 9, 2015 by Routledge
202 Pages

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Book Description

This book examines the life of women in the Indonesian province of Aceh, where Islamic law was introduced in 1999. It outlines how women have had to face the formalisation of conservative understandings of sharia law in regulations and new state institutions over the last decade or so, how they have responded to this, forming non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that have shaped local discourse on women’s rights, equality and status in Islam, and how these NGOs have strategised, demanded reform, and enabled Acehnese women to take active roles in influencing the processes of democratisation and Islamisation that are shaping the province. The book shows that although the formal introduction of Islamic law in Aceh has placed restrictions on women’s freedom, paradoxically it has not prevented them from engaging in public life. It argues that the democratisation of Indonesia, which allowed Islamisation to occur, continues to act as an important factor shaping Islamisation’s current trajectory; that the introduction of Islamic law has motivated women’s NGOs and other elements of civil society to become more involved in wider discussions about the future of sharia in Aceh; and that Indonesia’s recent decentralisation policy and growing local Islamism have enabled the emergence of different religious and local adat practices, which do not necessarily correspond to overall national trends.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. Women's Movements in Muslim Societies  2. Women and the Implementation of Islamic Law in Aceh  3. Gender and Women's Movements in Aceh  4. Conversation on Equality and Rights  5. MISPI, Agency, Identity, and the Reform of Islamic law in Aceh  Conclusion

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Dina Afrianty is a researcher at the Institute for Religion, Politics and Society, Australian Catholic University and affiliated with Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University, Indonesia