Judging in God's Name: State Power, Secularism, and the Politics of Islamic Law in Malaysia

Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, Vol. 3 (2014) 152-167.

16 Pages Posted: 2 Oct 2013 Last revised: 19 Aug 2014

Abstract

Malaysia ranks sixth out of 175 countries worldwide in the degree of state regulation of religion. The Malaysian state enforces myriad rules and regulations in the name of Islam and claims a monopoly on the interpretation of Islamic law. However, this should not be understood as the implementation of an ‘Islamic’ system of governance or the realization of an ‘Islamic state’. Rather, the Malaysian case provides a textbook example of how government efforts to monopolize Islamic law necessarily subvert core epistemological principles in the Islamic legal tradition. As such, Malaysia provides an important opportunity to rethink the relationship between the state, secularism and the politics of Islamic law.

Keywords: Islamic Law, Secularism, Malaysia, Religion and Politics, Islamic State, Human Rights

Suggested Citation

Moustafa, Tamir, Judging in God's Name: State Power, Secularism, and the Politics of Islamic Law in Malaysia. Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, Vol. 3 (2014) 152-167.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2312897

Tamir Moustafa (Contact Author)

Simon Fraser University (SFU) ( email )

Simon Fraser University
7200-515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5K3
Canada

HOME PAGE: http://www.sfu.ca/internationalstudies/moustafa.html

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