Polygamy and Mixed Marriage in Indonesia: Islam and the Marriage Law in the Courts
INDONESIA: LAW AND SOCIETY, T. Lindsey, ed., Federation Press, 2008
2 Pages Posted: 8 May 2009 Last revised: 4 Jun 2009
Date Written: May 7, 2009
The proper position of Islam within the Indonesian state, and within the Indonesian legal system, are matters of significant debate in Indonesia. This article considers the Indonesian state's attempts to regulate Islamic law on polygamy and mixed marriages, and to reform Indonesia's Islamic courts, and the resistance that some Muslim groups have put up in response. It shows that the contest between the state and Muslim groups over the extent to which the state should enforce Islamic law is ongoing and is unlikely to end in the foreseeable future, but that the state clearly has the 'upper hand'. This is largely because it controls the administration of law in Indonesia and because the majority of Indonesians appear to reject the expansion of the role of Islamic law.
Keywords: Islamic law, Indonesia, marriage law, polygamy, mixed marriage
JEL Classification: K10, K30
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