Shari'a and Social Engineering: The Implementation of Islamic Law in Contemporary Aceh, Indonesia (Oxford Islamic Legal Studies)

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This book seeks to open new lines of discussion about how Islamic law is viewed as a potential tool for programs of social transformation in contemporary Muslim society. It does this through a critical examination of the workings of the state shari'a system as it was designed and implemented at the turn of the twenty-first century in Aceh, Indonesia. While the empirical details of these discussions are unique, this particular case presents a remarkable site forinvestigating the broader issue of the impact of instrumentalist, future-oriented visions of Islamic law on modern Muslim calls for the state implementation of Islamic law. In post-tsunami/post-conflict Aceh, the idea of shari'a as an exercise in social engineering was amplified through resonance with anincreasingly pervasive rhetoric of 'total reconstruction'. Based upon extensive fieldwork as well as critical readings of a wide range of archival materials, official documents, and local publications this work focuses on the institutions and actors involved with this contemporary project for the state implementation of Islamic law. The individual chapters are structured to deal with the major components of this system to critically examine how these institutions have taken shape and how they work. It also shows how the overall system was informed notonly by aspects of late twentieth-century da'wa discourses of Islamic reform, but also modern trends in sociological jurisprudence and the impact of global models of disaster relief, reconstruction, and development. All of these streams of influence have contributed significantly to shaping the waysin which the architects and agents of the state shari'a system have attempted to use Islamic legislation and legal institutions as tools to steer society in particular desired directions.
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ISBN-13: 9780199678846
ISBN-10: 0199678847
Pagini: 368
Dimensiuni: 162 x 240 x 28 mm
Greutate: 0.70 kg
Editura: Oxford University Press
Colecția OUP Oxford
Seria Oxford Islamic Legal Studies

Locul publicării: Oxford, United Kingdom


Shari'a and Social Engineering is a major accomplishment. Michael Feener has succeeded to combine an authoritative intellectual history with an unrivaled expertise and fascinating insight into the contemporary state Shari'a legal system in Aceh. There is no doubt that this book will become a standard reference in the study of Islamic law, the relevance of which reaches far beyond the study of Aceh or Indonesia alone.

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R. Michael Feener is Research Leader of the Religion and Globalization Research Cluster at the Asia Research Institute and Associate Professor of History at the National University of Singapore. He has also taught at Reed College, and the University of California, Riverside. He has been a visiting professor/ research fellow at Kyoto University, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, the University of Copenhagen, The Doris Duke Foundation for IslamicArt, and the International Institute for Asian Studies. His books include Muslim Legal Thought in Modern Indonesia, From the Ground Up: Perspectives on Post-Tsunami and Post-Conflict Aceh (with Patrick Daly & Anthony Reid), Mapping the Acehnese Past (with Patrick Daly & Anthony Reid), Islamic Connections:Muslim Societies of South and Southeast Asia (with Terenjit Sevea), Islamic Law in Contemporary Indonesia: Ideas and Institutions (with Mark Cammack), and Islam in World Cultures: Comparative Perspectives.