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Islam, Law, and Equality in Indonesia

An Anthropology of Public Reasoning

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Islam, Law, and Equality in Indonesia by John R. Bowen
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In Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-majority country, Muslims struggle to reconcile radically different sets of social norms and laws, including those derived from Islam, local social norms, and contemporary ideas about gender equality and rule of law. In this new study, John Bowen explores this struggle, through archival and ethnographic research in villages and courtrooms of the Aceh Province, Sumatra, and through interviews with national religious and legal figures. He analyses the social frameworks for disputes about land, inheritance, marriage, divorce, Islamic History and, more broadly, about the relationships between the state and Islam, and between Muslims and non-Muslims. The book speaks to debates carried out in all societies about how people can live together with their deep differences in values and ways of life. It will be welcomed by scholars and students across the social sciences, particularly those interested in anthropology, cultural sociology and political theory.

Author Biography

John R. Bowen is Dunbar-Van Cleve Professor in Arts & Sciences, Professor of Anthropology, and Chair of the Program in Social Thought and Analysis at Washington University in St Louis. He is the author of Sumatran Politics and Poetics (1991), Muslims through Discourse (1993), Religions through Practice (2nd edition 2001), and the co-editor of Critical Comparisons in Politics and Culture (Cambridge University Press, 1999).
Release date NZ
May 29th, 2003
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
6 Tables, unspecified; 1 Maps
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Pages
306
Dimensions
158x236x25
ISBN-13
9780521824828
Product ID
1772261

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