Women and Shari'ah Law: Lessons From Aceh

Asna Husin, 2031125915 (2015) Women and Shari'ah Law: Lessons From Aceh. Ar-Raniry, International Journal of Islamic Studies, 2 (2). pp. 165-186. ISSN 2355-813X

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This study surveys the role of women in the development of shari`ah from the introduction of Islam to Aceh in the 12th century down to the modern era with the formal adoption of Islamic law by an Indonesian parliamentary Bill on Aceh’s Special Status in 1999. After briefly exploring this history, we examine contemporary debates on the current implementation of Islamic law by means of five women of differing backgrounds in this Indonesian province. We review historical documents and existing literature as well as qanuns of Aceh (local regulations) which stipulate shari`ah requirements. We also interview the five women, including one whose husband and another who herself were subjected to shari`ah punishment. The results are complex reflecting the intricacy of contemporary understandings of the shari`ah and the issues surrounding rights of women in Islamic law. One voice represents her agreement to the shari`ah punishment of her husband on account of its positive outcome for her family. The other four are critical of the current implementation of the shari`ah in Aceh, yet are not opposed to it; these ladies argue for women-friendly shari`ah.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: 200 Religion (Agama)
Divisions: Fakultas Tarbiyah dan Keguruan > S1 Pendidikan Bahasa Arab
Depositing User: Dr. Asna Husin
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2020 10:28
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2020 10:28
URI: https://repository.ar-raniry.ac.id/id/eprint/11709

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